Kabuki: Skin Deep

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  • Title: Kabuki: Skin Deep
  • Author: David W. Mack
  • ISBN: 9781582401508
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Wow. This was incredible. Ingenious. Skin Deep continues from where Volume Three ended, with the Agents of the Noh, still heavy on kabuki's trail, and Kabuki has been recovered from the site of her mother's grave and resuscitated and is now held by the Control Corps at a facility for former renegade government agents. At the facility, Kabuki is isolated and alone and suffering from psychological breakdown, because she doesn't have the security of her mask. Her doctors withhold it from her, for t [...]

    2. Kabuki is a series about transformation. Yes, it has beautiful art. Yes, it has great writing. And while the central theme of the narrative is transformation, what I found even more powerful is the way the art of the stories transforms from collection to collection, seeming to mirror the character’s evolution.I have met David Mack a couple times at Comicon, and I’ve been meaning to ask him if he always intended from the beginning for the story to be about transformation and to move from stan [...]

    3. Of all Kabuki books, Skin Deep left the strongest impression on me.There is almost no moving plot. Instead, our heroine Kabuki/Ukiko wakes up in a government-run mental insitution and learns about her doctor, the other patients, and herself.Her entire life had been vengeance, achieved in Kabuki vol. 1 Circle of Blood. Now what does she do with herself? She has no target to kill, and no idea who she is without one. Kabuki must reinvent herself as a human being, but the institution's goal is to br [...]

    4. Reminds me of the magnificent "V for Vendetta" with it's claustrophobic scenes of imprisonement and descent into madness. Very powerful.

    5. Mooi boek (zowel visueel als inhoudelijk) en goed los te lezen. Mack is met name inhoudelijk duidelijk beïnvloed door Alan Moore (met zelfs een verwijzing naar Watchmen met zijn 'fearful symmetry'). De afgebeelde vrouwen zijn wel wat overdreven erotisch afgebeeld, wat voor het verhaal niet altijd nodig is.

    6. The Kabuki series opened my eyes to the boundless potential of the graphic novel genre. Not only is the plot the definition of epic, but its gorgeous art style destroys expectations. The core of Kabuki is personal transformation – rewriting one’s identity, history, and culture to live a new narrative. It explores the binary of inner/outer self, with the motif of masks to protect/represent true self. I’ve lost count of all the times I’ve raved about this series to friends. It is an unforg [...]

    7. After dying and coming back to life for the second time, Skin Deep opens with a flash forward in which Kabuki has died yet again (or has she?). I know the whole dying and coming back to life thing is standard for comic books, but enough already.Despite the action scenes at the beginning of this collection, most of the story is psychological. Kabuki has been captured by Control Corps, which places her in a mental institution. They play various mind games with her, attempting to get her to talk wh [...]

    8. As with Gaiman's Sandman, I'll get around to adding the entire series to my shelf, but I think Volume Three is my favorite. Kabuki is a government trained assassin, who wakes up in a corporate-run mental institution after being gunned down by her superiors.The institution's idea of rehabilitation constitutes basically beating her and brain-washing her into believing her former life is one long psychotic episode. She resists with the help of another in-mate named Akemi.

    9. After Circle of blood I think most of the remaining books were a let down. Lovely, but they have nothing left to say, no tale to tell. Full of beautiful art I completely recommend them for the completest, but you don't really learn anything more about what happened, than what was inside Kabuki's head.

    10. This is the book where Mack's art and writing start to turn in a direction that I really like. The art is more collage-y, as is the writing. The plot fades into the background frequently, and philosophical and scientific ruminations surface in its place. Though its not my favorite volume of the series, I adore Skin Deep.

    11. This one comes back on track with Mack's style and twisty turny exploration of self and purpose. So twisty and turny that there are times you need to turn the book around and upside down to read the text. Great stuff.

    12. This graphic novel has more to say about psychiatric incarceration than most novels. Beautiful in every way.

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