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Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN, Volume 1: Activation

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

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    You don¿t stand a chance against that red Zaku!  This has to be

    You don’t stand a chance against that red Zaku! 
    This has to be the most handsomely produced comic I’ve ever read. Over 400 pages long, high quality black and white reproductions with wonderful watercolor pages interspersed, and a beautiful hardcover with some kind of rubberized coating that I wish all books had. It’s expensive, but more than worth it, I will treasure these for the rest of my life.
    In regards to the comic itself, well I don’t think things could have worked out any better as far as fans of Gundam are concerned. It turns out that Yoshikazu Yasuhiko worked on the original anime back in ‘79, and after avoiding the subject for over 20 years has decided to come back and reimagine that series in manga form. What we have here is a fantastic retelling of that story done by a seasoned grandmaster. Don’t miss this.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013


    I have been trying to find this series for a long time, and was thrilled to find it collected in an omnibus. An interesting take on the canon story.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Beautiful manga release!  Thanks, Vertical Inc.!  Great hardcove

    Beautiful manga release!  Thanks, Vertical Inc.!  Great hardcover, the glossy paper really brings out the color pages and the black & white pages appear clear and sharp.  Insightful essays in the back.

    Only nitpicks I have are with the phrasing of some sentences and speech bubbles from the translation, "Engrish"... if you will.  That and some over the top word usage that seems pretentious, especially on that back cover.

    Will for sure pre-order further volumes!

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    After Viz cancelled this series in its infancy, I never thought

    After Viz cancelled this series in its infancy, I never thought we would have an English edition of Gundam: The Origin. I'm so glad that Vertical not only proved me wrong, but published this treasure in a high-quality format few comics get to achieve. Gundam: The Origin is an excellently-crafted comic that is highly accessible for any reader, reimagining the original Gundam story in a way that accentuates its depth while expanding older fans' views of the source material.

    The Origin is more than just an adaptation of a classic animated series. Penned by one of the series' original creators, this series treats the subject matter with the elegance of a masterful cartoonist. Every aspect of the original series' story and world-building is embellished, and Yasuhiko does not do this for the sake of fanservice; each creative decision enriches the reader's involvement in Gundam's setting and their ties to the series' characters. Yasuhiko's background in animation brings a unique sense of pacing and rhythm to his panels; his page layouts never feel like elaborate storyboards, instead using clever design to control the flow of reading. This volume also reproduces his fully watercolored pages (which bookend each chapter) in stunning beauty, showing off his unique sense of emotive color that's rarely been seen in the US.

    In terms of production quality, this hardcover is phenomenal. Every inch of the cover is wrapped in elegant art by Yasuhiko, with little text to distract from it. All of the pages are printed on nice gloss paper (which I found a bit strange for the black and white pages, but was well worth it for highlighting Yasuhiko's stunning color pages). The back of the book features three translated essays, providing some background and cultural context for the comic. Manga scholarship is rare to find in English, especially regarding the elusive Yasuhiko. I feel the essays provide good context for readers unfamiliar with Gundam, its cultural influence, or its beginnings, while giving fans further insight into Yasuhiko's body of work and relationship with the series.

    "Activation" is the first volume of eleven to be released by Vertical, and I can hardly wait to have the entire series become the centerpiece of my bookshelf.

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