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Takio Hardcover – Mar 16 2011

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785153268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785153269
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #705,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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TAKIO is just GREAT! Short in length (which is the ONLY drawback). Fans of POWERS series will truly enjoy this blast!
Just buy this if you are a fan of Bendis. The writing is killer with plenty of laughs. Yes, just buy this. TAKIO!
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HASH(0x9fd014f8) out of 5 stars The World Needs More Comics Like Takio March 29 2011
By John C. Derrick - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a comics fan who believes passionately in diversity, who believes the world needs a lot more superhero stories starring women and other people who are not more straight white dudes, I was excited when I heard about this series, starring two young sisters, one of whom is adopted and of Asian descent. I was even more excited that the series was going straight to graphic novel format and directly into bookstores.

As a fan of Brian Michael Bendis' previous work, I was just as excited to see "Takio" promoted as being in the vein of "Ultimate Spider-Man."

Gloriously, the actual book lived up to my hype on all counts. It's a great origin story with a lot of humor, and the characters are wonderfully drawn, both in the literal sense by Michael Avon Oeming and in the psychological by Mr. Bendis. It's a lot of fun, of the sort that adults and kids can equally enjoy.

This is a fantastic first episode in what I hope shall prove a long-running series, and inspire many more like it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fd0154c) out of 5 stars "If you can stop a bullet, you have to be a superhero. It's, like, the law." Sept. 5 2011
By H. Bala - Published on
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TAKIO, simply put, is barrels of fun. Depth? What depth? High-faluting themes have no business in TAKIO. Or perplexing plot twists. Sense I got is that Brian Michael Bendis took a break from his normal case load and opted for a lark. Artist Michael Oeming is his willing accomplice and he veers away from the more controlled noirish style he uses in POWERS. Instead, here, he delivers loose and loopy visual storytelling that vividly interprets Bendis's narrative. And the colors delightfully pop out.

Portland, Oregon isn't exempt from its share of overprotective parents. One such mom - a widow - insists that her two daughters, seven-year-old chatterbox Olivia and sullen adopted thirteen-year-old Taki, do everything together so that Taki can watch over her younger sib. And no measuring gauge on the planet can quantify the sheer resentment a teenager feels over being saddled with such an unfair mandate. Olivia and Taki both attend Clarastir Middle School, and, yes, Taki resents that, too.

One early evening, a scientific experiment (gone wrong) douses Taki and Olivia, grants them strange abilities. And this is how Oregon - and the rest of the world - gets its first superheroes. Now "Takio" - derived from the girls' merging of names - patrol the streets of Portland in search of crime or whatever. They just have to be home by six.

TAKIO is touted as an all-ages graphic novel, and I do think that, with its inherent charm and innocence, this is appropriate to most kids but also a diverting read for adults. Preschoolers will find TAKIO very relatable, especially since it's the seven-year-old who serves as the engine to the sisters becoming superheroes. But, parents, keep in mind that there's at least one scene in which henchmen in suits shoot bullets at little girls. So there's that one dark cloud.

Bendis's ear for dialogue knows no limits. Olivia and Taki talk and behave and squabble like children their age would, and their interactions with each other are believable. Olivia simply adores Taki and follows her around, which incenses Taki to no end. And yet there is no doubt that Taki loves her little sister. When the chips are down, she doesn't even think twice about racing to Olivia's side. Taki is a Japanese teenager but notice that Bendis doesn't emphasize her ethnicity whatsover, and this itself is a welcome statement. And I couldn't help grinning at their sheer excitement and wonder as they explore their newfound super powers, their awesome "kung fu karate mind powers." Bendis deliberately applies broad strokes in his characterization work, breaks out his cookie cutter to mold his cardboard villains (that wackadoo scientist is plenty creepy). The action is exaggerated, giving us a whiff of that Powerpuff Girls vibe. Be warned, o ye blessed with - or bedeviled by - little girls. Exposing them to TAKIO may land you days and days of them little tykes leaping around, striking karate poses, and yelling "Kung fu telekinesis!!" at the top of their lungs. I suggest a judicious use of time outs or the cowardly bribery of sugar confections. If not for them, then for you.
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HASH(0x9fd01828) out of 5 stars Fantastic comic books for kids! Aug. 3 2012
By Elsie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Boys and girls will love this awesome comic about two sisters turned super, ala spiderman. They are 7 and 14 I think, and part of an interracial adoptive family, whose father has recently passed away. So they have family love and family loss informing their characters. They are smart and funny and the writing feels age-appropriate, but also intelligent and funny. Adults will love it right along with their kids, and because the sisters are such separate ages, it's appeal to a big age range of kids too. Really 6-99 year olds with love love love love this. Buy this for your boys or girls, especially if they love superhero stories!
HASH(0x9fd01d44) out of 5 stars A thrilling all-ages adventure Dec 20 2013
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The team behind POWERS creates a new spin on all-ages superhero comics with TAKIO, a fun-filled series about two bickering sisters just trying to a) save the world, and b) avoid getting grounded.

Taki and Olivia are both adopted sisters in a multicultural family. Their father has recently died, and their mother is doing the best she can. When the girls happen to be visiting Taki’s best friend’s house, a weird accident occurs (the best friend’s father is a scientist, so naturally, an odd explosion is a distinct possibility here). The two sisters gain telekinetic superpowers. Alas, so does the best friend, and it turns out she’s a little on the evil side. Taki and Olivia go to work to defeat the menace…all while minding their mom’s curfew and avoiding punishment.

As much as POWERS is an adults-only delight, TAKIO is a thrilling all-ages adventure that is truly funny, truly well-drawn, and truly exciting storytelling. This is not a dumbed-down comic; it’s a great action series that comics-reading kids and adults (and those in between) will love.

- John Hogan
HASH(0x9fd01d5c) out of 5 stars Like Runaways, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Kick-Ass! Feb. 8 2012
By Tippy Toes - Published on
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Takio is one of the best origin stories of a superhero comic ever written. Period. It's up there. This is a fast paced, coloful, action packed, comic with alot of great laughs.

Similar to acclaimed series such as Runaways, Ultimate Spider-Man, Kick-Ass, and acclaimed vibrant superhero art from All Star Superman, Astonishing X-Men, this has a similar feel, yet like Runaways and Kick-Ass is completely original from the first page on.

You will be so happy you bought this. Watch as two sisters that don't always get along get superpowers, and have to learn to deal with them fast! They receive super strength and "Kung Fu Telekinesis." The rest, I won't give away.

Also, the cover art is printed right onto the beautiful hardcover. A paperback will never be released, according to the author. Without haveing that flimsy paper cover that quickly gets torn, this hardcover is a better format. Get it now, and at such a great price too. Volume 2 is reportedly being completed now.