Thursday 16 December 2010

Daniel X: The Manga Vol. 1 by James Patterson

James Patterson's bestselling science fiction franchise for younger readers is given the manga treatment with this lavishly illustrated adaptation!

With supreme abilities, like being able to shape-shift and move objects with his mind, Daniel is strong enough to take on anything in the world. It's the things from beyond this planet that are the real problem. Daniel possesses a coverted List - that belonged to his father, before he was brutally murdered - targeting intergalactic criminals preying on the human race. Now, Daniel vows to take on his father's dangerous mission as the Alien Hunter. In the first book of the series, Daniel must conquer the deadly Ergent Seth. The fate of the world rests on Daniel X, and he will have his revenge, whatever the cost.

I have to admit that I've never read a James Patterson book before, so I was curious about this Daniel X character. :) 

This is a beautiful book. The art is lovely, the frames action-packed, and the story interesting, yet a little sad. Daniel is a sympathetic young boy who has several strange abilities, a vendetta he wants to fulfill, and a list full of aliens that need to be captured. His loneliness makes him use his gift in a bizarre way--he actually creates his parents, and his friends, so that he's not on his own, has some help, and is able to have a cover story.

However, when he sets his sights on the sixth deadliest alien--Ergent Seth--Daniel finds himself in a surreal and very dangerous situation. Pursuing and finding this alien is going to be hard. He ends up becoming a captive and is taken to a foreign world that might end up being more familiar than he thought...

Daniel X: The Manga is an interesting YA story that has a little bit of everything. I felt so bad for him, losing his parents at such a young age and now wandering across the country in hopes of wiping out the many aliens that are a threat to humanity and the universe. His vulnerability and youth actually work to his advantage, and I have no doubt that most of these badass aliens will underestimate him as much as Seth did.

This is a cool addition for any fan of this series. Also, for anyone who likes manga and/or graphic novels. I absolutely loved the art, it's gorgeous!

Daniel X: The Manga Vol. 1, November 2010, ISBN 9781907410529, Atom Paperback

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