Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White, Volume 1

Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White, Volume 1

by Taiyo Matsumoto
     
 

2008 Eisner Comic Winner!

Street urchins Black and White have skyscraper-sized chips on their shoulders, but are fiercely loyal to each other. Black is especially quick to avenge any slight against his dim-witted pal. The result? The citizens of Treasure Town are afraid of them, the police are afraid of them—even the local yakuza gangsters are afraid

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2008 Eisner Comic Winner!

Street urchins Black and White have skyscraper-sized chips on their shoulders, but are fiercely loyal to each other. Black is especially quick to avenge any slight against his dim-witted pal. The result? The citizens of Treasure Town are afraid of them, the police are afraid of them—even the local yakuza gangsters are afraid of them! But when the crime boss known as the "Rat" returns to Treasure Town, it looks like there's gonna be a rumble...

The violence in this unique European-influenced manga title is more mindful than it seems at first glance, and the subtle relationships between its unique cast of characters are marked by surprising poignancy.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Black and White are like Peter Pan brothers, flying hoodlum kid vigilantes who frolic through the high-rise surreality of Treasure Town in cool, urchin-chic getups. Respected and feared by both cops and yakuza gangsters, they kick butt and bust heads when threatened by other hoodlums or just dopey bystanders. Black's tough and savvy dark karma complements White's more childlike, sweetly intuitive nature, and their deep love for each other drives the plot amid neurotic cops who shift loyalties and gentrification-prone yakuza. The textured layering in plot and characters recalls Watchmen in complexity, and nearly everyone has nasty and noble aspects-from street boozer Gramps with his spiritual advice to outsider yakuza Serpent, who wants to replace strip parlors with kiddie amusement centers and sets his alien assassins on the boys. This lush reissue includes color insert sections and an interview with Michael Arias, director of the recent anime. First translated in the mid-1990s in PULP magazine and then in three Viz volumes from 2000, this classic and innovative manga reflects European and indie comics influences. The art's unpolished, detailed crudeness represents how the characters see their world and comes off as appropriate, even perversely charming. With (nonsexual) nudity and frequent violence; recommended for older teens and adults. (The title is also written as Tekkon Kinkreet.)
—Martha Cornog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421518671
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Series:
Black And White Series, #1
Edition description:
UK Edition
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Taiyo Matsumoto is the cult favorite artist of Black & White and NO. 5, both published by VIZ Media. With line work that mirrors his story lines in a combination of smooth and rough styles his work makes for a truly unique look and feel in manga.

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