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Steam Detectives Vol 1 [Paperback]

Kia Asamiya
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Sept. 9 1998 Steam Detectives (Book 1)
A retro-future where steam reigns supreme forms the backdrop to this unique action series. Our heroes are a band of intrepid young detectives; the villains are a diabolical assortment of masked dandies, mad scientists, and dastardly robots. Packed with pop culture in-jokes and cliff-hanging action, this series is a must for hip manga fans everywhere.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too simplistic April 29 2000
Format:Paperback
Steam Detectives suffers from the simplicity of its stories. Although it's not quite on the Scooby Doo level of simplicity, it's not nearly far enough above it. The villains are of the masked variety, with nonsensical schemes and goals. The steampunk--high technology based on steam power--setting is interesting enough (if derivative, considering the recent wave of steampunk stories), but it's really wasted. It's not so much that the stories here are bad; rather, there just isn't enough to them.
The art can either save this book or harm it. I've never been a big fan of Kia Asamiya's artwork--the noses of his characters are just too big for their faces (in length and width), and it doesn't appeal to me. Steam Detectives doesn't suffer this nearly so much as other stories (Silent Moebius, for one), but the artwork is also simpler and more stylized. My recommendation: click on the cover art to get a larger view of it. That's what the art looks like, except the book is black & white. Some people love the look of Kia Asamiya's artwork, so take a look at it and decide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Techno Paradise? Nov. 30 1998
Format:Paperback
Asamiya's normally known for the "Blade Runner"-inspired "Silent Moebius"; for "Steam Detectives", he turns the clock back instead of forward, putting us at the turn of the century... or is it? I love it when an artist freely intermixes past and present metaphors as a way of enriching a story, and "SD" does that excellently. Some of the translations are not quite up to snuff, but the quality of the work as a whole is unbeatable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too simplistic April 29 2000
By Steven Myers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Steam Detectives suffers from the simplicity of its stories. Although it's not quite on the Scooby Doo level of simplicity, it's not nearly far enough above it. The villains are of the masked variety, with nonsensical schemes and goals. The steampunk--high technology based on steam power--setting is interesting enough (if derivative, considering the recent wave of steampunk stories), but it's really wasted. It's not so much that the stories here are bad; rather, there just isn't enough to them.
The art can either save this book or harm it. I've never been a big fan of Kia Asamiya's artwork--the noses of his characters are just too big for their faces (in length and width), and it doesn't appeal to me. Steam Detectives doesn't suffer this nearly so much as other stories (Silent Moebius, for one), but the artwork is also simpler and more stylized. My recommendation: click on the cover art to get a larger view of it. That's what the art looks like, except the book is black & white. Some people love the look of Kia Asamiya's artwork, so take a look at it and decide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Steam Punk Fun Manga Style May 14 2012
By kahones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've always been a fan of Kia Asamiya, so shis series is right up my ally. It's a fun, light-hearted, story with elements of Batman,steam punk, and big giant robots! What could be more fun!

The only downside is that I don't think Viz (the publisher) was able to finish brining the series to the U.S. Amazon only list volume 7 for sale, while volume 8 is availble from other retailer on the site.

If you're thinking about checking out a new manga series, definitely check this out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good! April 19 2011
By Huai - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Book arrived with only minor damage and was in great shape otherwise just as it was described on the page. I would like to say that it also came in a relatively fast time frame. Thanks a Bunch.
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