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Grand Comic Reading Project #15: BLAME!

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Let's Grand Comic Reading Project! This time we're going to check out BLAME!, which is our first science fiction title since Doraemon. The world of BLAME! features a pitiless, surreal horrorscape populated by cyborgs, mutants, and giant biomechanical monsters. Our protagonist is a special agent tasked with... some sort of mission. To be honest, I haven't read this comic in a while, but I do remember that it has plenty of wholesome ultraviolence.

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Despite the science fiction setting, I don't think it's a very difficult read because there isn't all that much text. There are a lot of interesting ideas in this comic, but the author, Tsutomu Nihei, is more interested in showing rather than telling.

Character set: Traditional

Read online: http://www.dm5.com/manhua-blame/

Jump to first page: http://www.dm5.com/m16940/

Read offline (CBZ files): Volume 1, Volume 2

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I finished up book 1 of this today. I must say, I like this. It is quite grim and gritty.

As mentioned, dialogue is sparse and the story is often told through the visuals, which can be a bit of a puzzle. I often had to go back and find some detail in a frame that I had first missed. I found the pictures more difficult to understand than the language, which is a first since dabbling in Chinese comics.

There is not a ton to read/learn, and what is there is often specifc to this world type stuff. But I've enjoyed this in moments when I can't muster the strength for a full Chinese text.

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