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Gundam Wing #1 [Paperback]

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I'll keep this review simple. the writer of this summerizes what happens in the saga with three books. I find nothing wrong with the book except that sometimes he sometimes excludes parts that I considered important. But this is a minor detail. Also a plus with this book and the other two is a bonus part that are short stories that include the G Gundam cast as well as Wing which is quite enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, great art Feb. 21 2003
By A Customer
the story was hard to follow but the artwork was good. I may recomend it to a hardcore gundam fan but for the average browser its a little tough to get through
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sept. 1 2002
By Daniel
This is a nice Manga. The sound affects are cool, the storyline is cool, and the artwork is really good. In my opinion Gundam, is better than Nen Genesis: Evangelion. I like manga better than Anime anyway. A lot of you complain that this is nothing like the show, but most mangas aren't a substitute for their anime counterparts. The character development does g kind of fast, though. Definetly worth buying. If you're a Gundam Wing, Manga,Comic, Anime or Gundam fan, you'll love this book. If you were able to, I would give this book a four and a half out of five.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Manga Aug. 21 2002
By dan
This is definately worth buying. The character developments are really good. The storyline is similar to the original Gundam 0079 storyline. 5 young men each gundam pilots,try to oppress the goverment OZ. The art is beautiful. This graphic novel comes with the first 4 gundam manga comic books. It has a bonus comic at the end, a comedy collection of comic strips. A must buy manga.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A TRAVESTY!!!! Jan. 18 2002
By Sakura
Okay, I looooooove Gundam Wing. But I'm not a big fan of mecha in itself. Why? Gundam Wing had a complex, twisting plot, beautiful art, and complex characters.

I may love Gundam Wing, but I hate this manga. They cut out a lot of details, and made it move waaaaay too fast. They didn't have time for the characterization that made the TV series great. Plus, the publishing job is AWFUL. Mixx has destroyed it again! The size is tiny, but the font is huge. They shortened Mobile Suit to MS. The printing is cheap quality. The ink actually *smears* if it gets the tiniest but moist. The sound effects are lame at best.

If you want a Gundam Wing book, get Blind Target, Ground Zero, or Episode Zero. And watch the TV series. But whatever you do, do NOT get the books.
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By A Customer
Essentially, this is the Gundam Wing episodes condensed to fit into a graphic novel form while retaining as many of the main elements of the show as possible. This first book covers the series from the Gundams arrival on earth up to the point where the 5 scientists have built the Vayeate and Mercurius for OZ, and the pilots have returned to space. The story moves at a much faster pace than the show, as several have noted. The characters appeared fairly true to their show counterparts in this first novel, but their are some slight differences in personalities that fans of the show will quickly note. These differences may be due to the pace that doesn't allow for a lot of character development. The art is great and some of the mini-comics at the end are kind of funny. Overall it is a decent adaptation, however there is thing about it that really annoyed me. The Japanese manga reads right to left, opposite to us Americans and many others, so that their books are done in a manner that seems backwards to us. The publishers of the book simply flipped, or mirrored, the artwork so it could be read from left to right. This means that every suit holds its weapons opposite of how it should, some dialogue seems to come at an awkward time, etc. It is still worth checking out if you really like Gundam Wing and want a slightly different slant on the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting series, but not the best out there. Sept. 27 2001
With the market starting to recognize how much people love manga, titles that would've most likely never have seen the light of day in America several years ago are now appearing in droves. Many of these series are quality titles that truly show how manga is done right, but some of these titles are ones that were released to capitalize on a sudden trend. The three-volume "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" manga is one of the latter group, and while it's not bad, it isn't something a serious manga reader would want to have in his collection.
The "Gundam Wing" manga tells the story that takes place during the 49-episode anime series. However, readers familiar with the series will notice two things: (1) the manga moves at a much faster pace than the anime; and (2) several plot elements have been changed, altered, or omitted. While the second factor isn't too much of a bad thing, the first factor is what really hurts the manga. Scenes that took up several episodes in the anime series suddenly take only a few pages, which removes quite a bit of characterization. In the first volume especially, the story doesn't feel smooth or connected, but more like a plot summary. The story does feel a lot smoother and better developed as the series continues, but the overall impact is hurt by the rushed plot. It also unfortunately makes the "Gundam Wing" manga fan-only publications, as only fans of the series will understand the plot.
In regards to the second factor, the changes and omissions in the story are actually a matter of taste. Some people might not like the idea of having their favorite anime scene cut from the manga, but others might actually like the changes and refreshing look at the series.
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