- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (11 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0930289218
- ISBN-13: 978-0930289218
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.8 x 25.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ronin TP Paperback – 11 Apr 2006
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"His brutal yet elegant noir renderings, pulpy yet eloquent scripting, and thoroughly uncompromising attitude make [Frank Miller] one of the most distinctive voices in comics."--"ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"A successful work of fusion, bringing together the tone and sci-fi weirdness of European comic magazines like Metal Hurlant...alongside Japanese manga, and 60's Kurosawa samurai-eiga. --"MTV Geek
"This is Miller in his creative infancy and the groundwork for the future is clearly on display." --"IGN
" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Frank Miller began his career in comics in the late 1970s and rose to fame while first drawing, and then writing, Daredevil for Marvel Comics. He was also the creative force behind BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, BATMAN: YEAR ONE and BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN. His many works have not only redefined classic characters, but also, on a few occasions, revitalized the comics industry. His multi-award-winning graphic novel "300" was brought to full-blooded life in the 2007 motion picture of the same name, and in 2008 he directed the feature film Will Eisner's "The Spirit." His creator-owned crime saga Sin City first hit the page in 1991, and then the silver screen in 2005, with Miller on board as co-director with Robert Rodriguez. The two returned to direct the sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," released in 2014 and featuring two new stories by Miller. In 2015, Miller's returned to his best-selling series with the highly anticipated DARK KNIGHT III: MASTER RACE. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I couldn't help noticing that there were strong similarities between 'Ronin' and the TV cartoon 'Samurai Jack' which was an enjoyable and original show but didn't run as deep or dark as 'Ronin' did. Yes I felt at times the artwork of 'Ronin' could be improved, particularly the ancient Japanese scenes at the beginning, and some of the characters could have been designed better, particularly the demonic villain Agat, whose appearance I feel could have been even darker. There are also still some Miller cliches present, such as romance. Apart from these minor faults, however, I was blown away. The almost poetic story of a masterless but honourable samurai being sent to a nightmarish future to battle a demonic enemy went to depths and complexities I never imagined or expected, helped by a shocking twist and characters who keep surprising you and forcing you to change your perceptions of them. Featuring themes of dreams, technology, science, horror, psychology and violence, this is sci-fi of the highest order. I read that Miller was influenced by manga during his period of making this comic, and I definitely felt undertones of Akira. The plot also reminded me of 2001, Carrie and Mad Max to name a few sci-fi/horror favourites.Read more ›
I don't mean to come over all Homeric but this work is a GRAPHIC NOVEL , where the art, Miller's own and truly distinctive ,is fully comlementary to the superb dialogue and the characterisations of both major and minor figures. From the opening sequence in ancient Japan - and oh how powerful that is to the near future, with nearly -omniscent and disturbingly human computers - Miller does not put a pen-stroke wrong.
And I use the words "disturbingly humen" advisedly as the main computer is more humane than many of the characters with souls.
A disturbing vision of the future? A disturbing vision of humanity much more.
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If you're a fan of Frank Miller than you'll really enjoy this bookPublished 8 months ago by Ciaran Keane
As the title states it wasn't what I expected, but the themes and how all of the stories mini arcs came together nicely at the end, making a satisfying end to a good storyPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another great read from Miller. Not as good as his Daredevil stuff, or year one Batman, but still an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by M. Kennedy
This is Miller just one knotch below the genius of Dark Knight Returns. If you enjoyed that book, then there's no way you wouldn't enjoy this one.Published 15 months ago by J
Bought this as a Kindle book and was unable to read it on MacBook, Tablet or PC, So don't buy Kindle version.Published on 13 Nov. 2014 by O Cassidy
Not a bad story - a nice psychological piece, but not as good as his Dark Knight novels. The artwork is messy to follow, but I wonder if that was intentional to reflect the... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by L. Howse
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