Bravoman, Volume 1

Bravoman, Volume 1

by Matt Moylan
     
 
  • It’s Bravoman: Super Unequaled Hero of Excellence! This ultra-stretchy, Japanese-style superhero battles intergalactic octopus monsters,
    city-smashing giant robots, and armies of squawking crow-demons, all while trying to fit in some quality videogame hours on the couch. And did we mention the deadly ninja princess who wants to both date and kill

Overview

  • It’s Bravoman: Super Unequaled Hero of Excellence! This ultra-stretchy, Japanese-style superhero battles intergalactic octopus monsters,
    city-smashing giant robots, and armies of squawking crow-demons, all while trying to fit in some quality videogame hours on the couch. And did we mention the deadly ninja princess who wants to both date and kill him? Yikes!
    Bravoman
    Volume 1 collects over 130 zany strips from the Bravoman
    webcomic, plus bonus pin-ups, rough sketches, and plenty of creator commentary.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 3–7—Originating as a Japanese arcade game in 1988 and spinning off console titles in the early '90s, Bravoman is an obscure video game about a superherolike character with extendable appendages. While the premise sounds strange, the source material lends itself well to the character revival webcomic, of which the first 131 comics are collected in this volume. Familiarity with the video game franchise is not a prerequisite and, in fact, in some ways the less readers know about the source material knows the better. The book's foreword serves as an introduction to the world of Bravoman and provides suitable background to the characters and situations contained in the webcomic. Comic creator Moylan lovingly pokes fun at the game's bizarre content throughout the series and creates a context for the game's characters that is hilarious and action-packed. Highlights include a mortal enemy who doubles as a love interest, a self-centered TV spin-off celebrity with inopportune timing, an unobjectionable nemesis who is an unabashed fanboy of Bravoman, and a handful of guest artist cameos that interpret the comic in a variety of different styles. Each entry appearing in the collection includes a number, title, and date of original publication. Most also include commentary from Moylan and artist Gordine along with Gordine's rough layout sketch. The majority of the strips in this collection are four-panel with dialogue between two characters, and though each stands on its own, this serialized webcomic is meant to be read in order. This collection should be considered for general purpose and will have broad appeal among readers.—Matthew C. Winner, Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Elkridge, MD
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-27
This is a millennial sort of comic: An obscure Japanese video game was turned into a webcomic, which has now been collected into a book. The character of Bravoman is so odd that he may make more sense in a humor strip than as a superhero. In a "super-quick, abbreviated origin" story, an alien endows him with the ability to turn into a submarine and to stretch his arms and legs great distances. The rest of the book is designed like a webcomic. Almost every page has a comments section, with behind-the-scenes information from the creators. The notes and preliminary sketches are often more entertaining than the cartoons. Like many millennial comics, these strips tend to have no punch lines. Some end with an explanatory note, as in: "Editor's note: If you were fluent in both crow demon and musical cyborg ninja, this strip would be hilarious." The middle of the comic, however, is sometimes very funny. Two female characters interrupt a fight so Bravo Woman can say, "You're totally ruining our Bechdel test score!" The book has all the elements of a great comic strip. The storylines are clever, and the characters are beautifully drawn—usually in the boldest primary colors. The elements just seem to be in the wrong order: Almost every climax is an anticlimax. Readers may get tired of waiting for a punch line that never comes. (foreword, sketch gallery) (Graphic short stories. 7-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926778938
Publisher:
UDON Entertainment Corporation
Publication date:
02/18/2014
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
472,181
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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