- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Mar. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569716110
- ISBN-13: 978-1569716113
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.3 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,939,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Domu: A Child's Dream Paperback – 26 Mar 1996
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From the Author
A word from the translator
When I got into translating and publishing Japanese comics in America ten years ago, Domu was on my short list of manga I wished to work on. I was fortunate enough to get my wish, and I remain very proud of the translation work we (Dana Lewis and myself) did on Domu. Tomoko Saito's superb lettering (which also includes the very difficult task of replacing the sound effects and retouching the art) was also a work of love. I've translated 20,000 pages of manga in the last ten years, but Domu remains in my top three! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Katsuhiro Otomo is one of the most respected and influential Japanese storytellers in the history of modern comics, and - apart from Akira - his work includes Domu and The Legend of Mother Sarah. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
A series of unexplained deaths at a high-rise block have the police baffled, the deaths being too varied and frequent to be explained as suicides, accidents or even the action of a single murderer. This is because the deaths, mostly falls from the upper floors of the tenement building, are being caused by a malevolent person or entity with psychic powers. However there is someone else within the building - a young girl who has noticed who is behind the events and who has the power to oppose his random and senseless actions.
There could be some social commentary in the generational struggle that ensues, but principally, and after the slow build-up, what Domu really presents is an opportunity for Otomo to depict the spectacular battle that this confrontation allows, building it up to hugely destructive and bloody proportions. Even if that is all that Domu is about, it's more than enough, Otomo achieving it with a remarkable sense of pacing in his gradual building of the action, finding the most dynamic way possible to express the battle in his impressive layouts and splash pages where the force of the tensions simply rise off the page. It's not hard to see themes and a style that would be taken to perfection, with greater finesse and to an even more apocalyptic level in Akira, but Domu is recognisably the work of one of the major Japanese manga artists.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is a great story, but i found i had to keep flipping back and forth to work out the names of the characters! Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2002
Having been hooked on Akira ever since the 40 issue serialisation of the 80s it seemed high time to check out some other stuff by Otomo. What can I say? Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2002
What more can be said, than "it's a Manga by Katsuhiro Otomo, buy it".
This was the first Manga I ever bought, so it looked like a small telephone directory when I... Read more
Domu is the thrilling story of an old man with psychic abilities who sets a series of mass murders over an apartment complex. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 1998