Cross X Break, Volume 1

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Akito has always been in his older brother's shadow, but all that changes when Shinkai offers to send him to study abroad... though, it's not any 'abroad' he's ever heard of! Suddenly trapped in a world full of warlocks, poisonous bugs, and more than a few secrets, Akito and his friend Yaya have nothing but their wits and the help of a mysterious benefactor named Neon... who seems to know a little too much about Akito's brother!
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Overview

Akito has always been in his older brother's shadow, but all that changes when Shinkai offers to send him to study abroad... though, it's not any 'abroad' he's ever heard of! Suddenly trapped in a world full of warlocks, poisonous bugs, and more than a few secrets, Akito and his friend Yaya have nothing but their wits and the help of a mysterious benefactor named Neon... who seems to know a little too much about Akito's brother!
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KLIATT - George Galuschak
When Shinkai tells little brother Akito that he's going to study abroad, Akito didn't think he meant another world. Shinkai transports Akito and childhood friend Yaya to an alternate reality. They awaken in a cavern full of glowing mushrooms. Soon afterwards they meet the Warlocks—long-haired men resembling members of a '80s tribute band—who hunt "floaters" with huge scythes. Akito and Yaya are rescued by Neon, a strange fellow who has a bird nesting on his head. Neon takes our wayward pair home and offers them a hearty meal of his favorite food: bugs. Soon thereafter Akito gets a quick glimpse of the surface world, which looks like something from a H.P. Lovecraft story. Events move quickly: Akito plays the piano for his supper; Yaya gets bitten by a poisonous bug; and Haran, a Skipper, offers to take them to the surface to get medicine for Yaya. Cross X Break is an intriguing fantasy manga. The fast-moving plot is quite creative. The world that Akito is thrust into is totally alien, and it's hard to tell who's a friend or a foe—Shinkai betrays Akito for no reason; Haran offers to help Akito for no reason; and Neon is a bug-eating criminal. The b/w art is character based and gets a bit hazy during action scenes. Still, there are more backgrounds than in your average manga. Cross X Break contains comic book violence and is recommended for junior high and high school graphic novel collections, especially collections featuring fantasy manga. Reviewer: George Galuschak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933617749
  • Publisher: Go! Comi
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: CROSS X BREAK , #1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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