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The Monkey King Volume 1 (Anglais) Broché – 20 septembre 2005


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Based on the 16th century Chinese fantasy adventure classic, Journey to the West (also the inspiration for Dragon Ball!) Katsuya Terada's take on the legend of the Monkey King in a savage, lusty saga that The Portland Tribune calls "a Buddhist version of Conan the Barbarian." He raised holy hell as the baddest ape in Ancient China... until the Lord Buddha himself dropped a mountain on him! Now the Monkey King will get his parole with one condition - he must escort a Buddhist nun through the demon-haunted wastes of the Silk Road on an impossible quest: reach India and bring back a collection of sacred scrolls!



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Visceral Visuals 30 janvier 2006
Par Hung Q. Huynh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Monkey king is another retelling of the Chinese Classic "Journey to the West". This graphic version is an edgy visceral take on the journey, with visuals by Katsuya Terada that are simply amazing. That being said, the book is laid out in a jumble of scenes which are not readily set up. You'll need to have read the original "Journey to the West" to follow along with this graphic novel. Also the manga is printed in the layout of it's native language, which take some getting use to for western audiences, but once you have it down (right to left, up then down, counter clockwise), it is easy to follow. I would recommend this for those who have already read "Journey to the West" and want a modern retelling with great illustrations. Defintely not for kids.
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As Artful As Manga Gets 24 mai 2006
Par Antonio D. Paolucci - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
First, I'm going to address the one problem with this manga, and that is that it bounces around a lot from past to present. It's jarring the first time it happens, and it's actually very difficult to come to the realization that he, the main character, is in the past. But, after the first time it happens, you learn what to expect. By the second time it happens, you'll know within the first or second panel that the hero is either in the past or in the present. So, I can't fault The Monkey King too much for this.

With that out of the way, I'd like to address all the good, and boy is there a lot. Firstly, the reinvention of the Journey to the West is brilliant. Yes, it's dark and savage, and possibly a bit sacrilegious to a Buddhist, but the starkness of the hero (if he can be called that) and his rampaging nature really adds a lot to the story. As Goku travels across the land with his charge and his pig companion, all you really get is a constant stream of battles with disgusting demons. Secondly, the book itself is simply beautiful, and rivals that of the manga art found in Robot. All of it is in color, all of it is atmospheric, and all of it is easily distinguishable. And thirdly, this isn't the only volume; more is coming out eventually, hopefully soon.

Though I will say that some will find this manga a little strange, that's completely understandable. The Journey to the West is a fantasy well-established in Asia and a lot of what happens in this manga is never explained. Most of us have only gotten pieces of the story Journey to the West through Dragon Ball Z and Saiyuki, both anime. But if you enjoyed these two anime, and you're of age to read the graphic material inside these panels, then I'd definitely recommend this manga to you. Not a perfect manga by any means, but certainly an artful one worth reading for its beauty alone.
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Enthralling Dark Retelling of a classic Chinese tale 24 mai 2007
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is mostly written to level out the parental reviews, which solely rated this product negatively because they were buying something for their child. This is NOT a work for children, but for an older audience who appreciates good artwork, the original Journey to the West story, or both.

The art is masterfully done, as expected of Katsuya Terada's work. It's written from a standpoint that presumes that the audience is already familiar with the original tale and why Son Goku is on a journey with Sanzo and co, so while the plot exists, it's not too specific. It also has a tendency to jump around, but you become accustomed to it overtime. It's a lot more gorier/raunchier than the kiddy versions of the story, but it captures the darker feel of the original novel and adds to the atmosphere of Terada's version, which is reminiscent to works you might find in Heavy Metal magazine. Definitely worth a look, and I am highly anticipating the second volume.
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The Nature of Monkey was Irrepressible! 13 novembre 2006
Par Steven W. Cooper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
From early Chinese literature and animation, to Masaaki Sakai and Masako Natsume on Japanese television, to Stephen Chow in Hong Kong film, to Tsai Chih Chung's comics; Journey to the West has inspired some amazing flights of fancy. This version ranks with the best. Sexed-up and ultra-violent, Terada's dark interpretation contrasts well with the hilarity of Chinese Odyssey and the whimsy of Monkey Magic. It's a welcome addition to what continues to be a living myth.

In fact, these stories feel like a logical extension of their more innocent predecessors into a world that is at the same time more emotionally relevant and wildly exotic. Terada has taken the familiar building blocks of the story; transported them to a dangerous, seedy neighbourhood; and used them to construct a seductive piece of architecture. There's an opium den in the basement where they play Dirty Harry movies on a big-screen TV, but there's also a chapel in there somewhere.

Unfortunately, the congregation seems to be broke and is forced to perform degrading acts in order to pay the rent.
The ape sleeps! He sleeps! 15 octobre 2013
Par Jamil Bhatti - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Here’s the problem: this story “Journey to the West” is so ancient and well known that it evidently requires no explanation whatsoever. Being a westerner, I find myself grasping at plot threads trying desperately to assemble a complete and chronological story in my head. In this I failed. The afterword makes some attempt to explain, it helps, but not enough. WARNING: Readers expecting a complete story unto itself may be frustrated by this.

Since I love mysteries anyway, I rolled with it and thoroughly enjoyed this sumptuously illustrated epic. Each chapter is only a few pages long and ends with an excerpt from the chinese classic novel it’s inspired from (I’m reasonably certain that’s what’s happening).

Even though the main narrative is almost inscrutable to me, if I’m to be honest, the main reason I read any comic is because of the artwork, and this one is no slouch. I don’t know how much time Terada spent painting each and every panel, but this whole thing is one amazing piece of art. For that alone it deserves to be in my collection, but it has also done what no other graphic novel has: intrigued me enough to make me want to track down the original source material and read it. Perhaps that was the point all along?

This is a beautiful piece of work and deserves to be admired, possibly just as much as “Journey to the West”, one of the four classics of chinese literature it’s based on.
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