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A groundbreaking introduction to the most creative and cutting-edge works of Japanese independent comics, presented in English for the first time, "AX" is the premier Japanese magazine for alternative comics. Published bi-monthly for over ten years, the pages of "AX "contain the most creative and cutting-edge works of independent comics in the world's largest comics industA groundbreaking introduction to the most creative and cutting-edge works of Japanese independent comics, presented in English for the first time, "AX" is the premier Japanese magazine for alternative comics. Published bi-monthly for over ten years, the pages of "AX "contain the most creative and cutting-edge works of independent comics in the world's largest comics industry. Now, Top Shelf presents this collection of stories from ten years of AX history, and features work by such visionaries as Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Akino Kondoh, Kazuichi Hanawa, and Shinichi Abe....

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Ax Volume 1: A Collection of Alternative Manga Reviews

  • Emm ❤
    2019-04-01 18:37

    "From deep within the damp earth, rotten tree roots and strange demons, comes a fetid gasp and a scarlet stare. Come, come closer and discover my mystery..." - From "Into Darkness"A great menagerie of equal parts deliberate grotesque, schizophrenic stray thought and a bit of surreal fever dream. That 4-star is a very unevenly rounded star. It's more like a blobby mass of squashed mushrooms than it is a star. About a third of these short manga are aggressively "WTF" - drawn for the sole purpose of being offensive. People can draw what they like, but in my opinion that is still one of the worse reasons to draw something. It doesn't keep some of them from being enjoyable, but keep in mind that they are quite out-there, and shy away from nothing.The other two-thirds were creative and boggling of the mind, in the best way of course. A broad and for the most part, quality showcase of gekiga (lit. "dramatic pictures") and its evil twin ero-guro, genres that seem to be sadly in perpetual obscurity outside of Japan. Some that stood out, for good or bad:"Into Darkness" by Takato Yamamoto - A piece of nightmarish poetry set to Lovecraftian, BDSM-ish imagery. It is also unabashedly beautiful in every aspect. The fact that this is the only widely available work by this artist is an outrage, because wow! Easily the best of the collection. 5/5"Conch of the Sky" by Imiri Sakabashira - This is where the true fever starts to kick in. A comic interpretation of a literal nightmare. There is no linear plot as would be in a nightmare, but really well-written and with a fascinating art style. 5/5"Mushroom Garden" by Shinya Komatsu - So adorable! Everything about this comic is amazing - a very cool (and shockingly mild compared to the previous) short about a boy who decides on a whim to abandon his rock-collecting for growing fungi. 5/5"Six Paths of Wealth" by Kazuichi Hanawa - Wonderfully raunchy horror story about two women who become the size of ants after an encounter with a strange being. The ink work in this is superb. 5/5"Rooftop Elegy" by Takao Kawasaki - A mystery short with a fantastic twist and interesting art that looks more like a Western comic than a manga. 4/5"Les Raskolnikov" by Keizo Miyanishi - Fascinating and surreal, elaborate and utterly beautiful drawings as well. 4.5/5"Twin Adults" by Kotobuki Shiriagari - Simple but funny, with some insightful social commentary. 4/5"A Broken Soul" by Nishioka Brosis - Drab-humour short about a man who loses his soul unexpectedly, so tries to revive it by sticking a hand drill into his brain. Apparently he also lost his knowledge of basic human anatomy. The art style is reminiscent of Tim Burton's. 4/5"Inside the Gourd" by Ayuko Akayama - Gentle and sweet. A man raises a cocoon inside of a gourd, which turns into a butterfly who leads him to the woman he will marry. 4/5"Alraune Fatale" by Hiroji Tani - A man rescues a beautiful woman who dissolves to death those she seduces. Strange and provocative, if it did go a little over-the-top. 4/5"Puppy Love" by Yusaku Hanakuma - A (human) couple tries to raise a litter of puppies who are actually their children, by some baffling defiance of biology. Kind of cute... in a demented way, and an unusual analysis on parenthood. 3/5"The Watcher" by Osamu Kanno - Started out intriguing, then random nude dance routines ensue and it falls to pieces. The hyper-realistic detail on the characters' faces is also oddly clashing with their stringy, unrealistic limbs, though the art is not terrible. 1.5/5"Arizona Sizzler" by Saito Yunosuke - Probably the worst of the lot. It's like if you extended restroom graffiti into many panels. 1/55/5 - "Into Darkness", "Six Paths of Wealth", "Mushroom Garden", "Conch of the Sky", "Les Raskolnikov"4/5 - "A Broken Soul", "Rooftop Elegy", "Alraune Fatale", "Twin Adults", "Inside the Gourd", "My Old Man & Me", "Enrique Kobayashi's Eldorado", "Tortoise and the Hare", "Rainy Day Blouse", "Kataoka Toyo Pathos Theater", "Up & Over"3/5 or 3.5/5 - "A Well-Dressed Corpse", "Push Pin Woman", "The Neighbor", "The Brilliant Ones", "Black Sushi Party Piece", "Home Drama: The Sugawaras", "Stand By Me", "Kosuke Okada and His 50 Sons", "Love's Bride"2/5 - "Sacred Light", "Me", "300 Years", "Haiku Manga"1/5 - "The Watcher", "Arizona Sizzler"(Would recommend 17+ - while a few of the stories are mild, most of them are extremely graphic in most aspects.)

  • Tab
    2019-03-28 18:45

    What in the world did I just read?

  • Bob Dobbs
    2019-03-22 14:24

    This epitomizes everything I hate in comic books and art in general. It's ugly. Oh so very ugly. Deliberately so. Do I appreciate the beautiful? The skilled? Yes! Yes, I do. Oh, how plebeian of me, how pedestrian. GOD FORBID that a man have taste. I only WISH I could be like those super-cool guys and gals who can appreciate feces smeared on canvas. Poor me, I'm stuck down here with my copies of ACTUAL FOR-REAL ART COMICS like Berserk, Akira, and Nausicaa.As you can tell, this is an issue that gets me HEATED UP.Plot-wise the stories suck just as badly as the art. They aren't just weird, or quirky, they're deliberately stupid, deliberately uninteresting, deliberately so steeped in idiotic metaphor and contrived symbolism as to be rendered unrelatable, impossible to connect to emotionally.So much of the appeal of AX (and the similar compilation Secret Comics Japan) seems to come from this idea that OK, the stuff in here sucks, but it's all deliberate, it's all for a point. But bear with me on a little thought safari, how do you KNOW that the art sucks because it's supposed to suck? Can you prove to me that the "artists" AREN'T just THAT BAD? A reasonable, logical human being would apply Occam's Razor (no idea what that means, but you get the gist) and it would show that there is more proof that the artists CAN'T draw worth shit, than that they CAN but CHOOSE NOT TO. Or hey, the idea is that all the stories don't work as stories because they're metaphors, right? Can you PROVE that they're metaphors? Who said? God only knows what an "artist" is liable to say about his own work! Do you have proof supporting any of these claims from someone more REPUTABLE?And hey! Go ahead, tell me that the art ISN'T supposed to suck! Tell me it looks good! Tell me it sucks but that's OK! Tell me the stories AREN'T metaphors. Come up with some other excuses! Because that's all they ever will be. The real truth is, Ax is obscure, it's stupid, it's probably popular on Tumblr, so maybe if you pretend hard enough to like it you'll fit in, you'll get laid, and you'll prove to mom and dad and all the girls who never invited you to the Sadie-Hawkins dance that COMIC BOOKS IS ART, and don't forget it.

  • Joey Dhaumya
    2019-03-30 11:29

    The Watcher - Osamu Kanno: 1Love's Bride - Yoshihiro Tatsumi: 1Conch of The Sky - Imiri Sakabashira: 3.5Rooftop Elegy - Takao Kawasaki: 3Inside the Gourd - Ayuko Akiyama: 3.3Me - Shigehiro Okada: 3Push Pin Woman - Katsuo Kawai: 4.7A Broken Soul - Nishioka Brosis: 4.7Into Darkness - Takato Yamamoto: 2.3Enrique Kobayashi's Eldorado - Toranusuke Shimada: 5The Neighbor - Yuka Goto: 3300 Years - Mimiyo Tomozawa: 1Black Sushi Party Piece - Takashi Nemoto: 2.3Puppy Love - Yusaku Hanakuma: 2The Brilliant Ones - Namie Fujieda: 2.5The Tortoise & The Hare - Mitsuhiko Yoshida: 3The Twin Adults - Kotobuki Shiriagari: 4.7Haiku Manga - Shinbo Minami: 1.5Mushroom Garden - Shinya Komatsu: 3.5Home Drama: The Sugawaras - Einosuke: 5A Well Dressed Corpse - Yuichi Kiriyama: 4Arizona Sizzler - Saito Yunasuke: 1The Rainy Day Blouse, The First Umbrella - Akino Kondo: 4Stand By Me - Tomohiro Koizumi: 1.5My Old Man - Shin'ichi Abe: 3.7Up and Over - Seiko Erisawa: 2The Song of Mr. H - Shigeyuki Fukumitsu: 2.7Kataoka Toyo Pathos Theater - Kataoka Toyo: 2.3Kosuke Okada and His 50 Sons - Hideyasu Moto: 1.3Les Raskolnikov - Keizo Miyanishi: 2Alraune Fatale - Alraune Fatale: 3.7Sacred Light - Otoya Mitsuhashi: 2Six Paths of Wealth - Kazuichi Hanawa: 3.7Average - 2.75Rounding it off to 3Now that I'm done with the arbitrary act of assigning numbers to a qualitative experience, I want to say that reading this collection was a helluva experience. At the end of it I feel like I've come out as someone who can stop and smell the roses more so than before.

  • fonz
    2019-04-05 15:50

    Por sólo seis pavos que cuesta el volumen de casi cuatrocientas páginas puedes convertirte en el más frikster de tu urbanización, así que, ¿por qué no? La cantidad de historietas cortas y autores es larguísima para desgranarla uno a uno, y la calidad de las historias variará según el lector. A mí, salvando los sospechosos habituales como Tatsumi o Abe, ninguno me ha llamado especialmente la atención, ni hay aquí historietas que lleguen al nivel de calidad de proyectos (salvando las enormes distancias) como aquel mítico "Nosotros somos los muertos" de Max y Pere Joan. Quizá haya un exceso de surrealismo y absurdo feroz (de un absurdo que dejan a un Kago a la altura del betún) y las historias más "convencionales" resultan casi refrescantes, como si ya el manga adulto más convencional fuese el límite de mi capacidad de extrañeza. En general me han resultado más interesantes los grafismos, alejadísimos de los cánones y las convenciones del manga a los que estamos acostumbrados, que exploran desde el refinado estilo de Maruo hasta el que parece dibujado por alguien que no ha cogido un lápiz en su vida, con todo lo que se puedan imaginar por medio.

  • Vogisland
    2019-03-28 18:31

    I enjoyed this book, but it was not as "experimental" or crazy as I expected. If you're looking for a Japanese Kramers Ergot, you might be disappointed. Most of the stories differed only in minor ways from the kinds of manga you see kids reading on the train in Japan. My favorite was easily Toranosuke Shimada's "Enrique Kobayashi's Eldorado". Hopefully Shimada will get a full-length book released in English. Stories by artists who've already been translated into English (Sakabashira, Nemoto, Tatsumi, and Fujieda) are pretty much what you'd expect if you've read them. "Inside the Gourd," "Mushroom Garden," and "Kosuke Okada & His 50 Sons" are standouts. "Six Paths of Wealth" is an above-average horror short. The rest is a mixed bag. There are some nice stylists, such as Saito Yunasuke, Shinichi Abe, and Akino Kondo, but there are other pieces that just seem too underdeveloped to include in this compilation. I recommend this with the hope that future releases from AX will be a bit more satisfying.

  • Ivan
    2019-04-14 12:52

    When one mentions "manga," to the average passer-by, one is usually met with the question, "what is that?" Mention manga to the average American manga reader, you'll likely hear mention of such series as Soul Eater or Negima!, or of such high-profile mangaka as Go Nagai or CLAMP. But many of them will likely not know about the sort of underground works that seldom actually make it outside Japan. This is where AX: Alternative Manga enters the picture. A 399-page behemoth from Top Shelf Productions, AX is an English-language compilation of alternative manga works taken straight from Japan's cutting-edge anthology periodical of the same name. Many, if not nearly all, American manga readers will likely not have heard of any of the artists or writers featured in this collection. They would be doing themselves a disservice, however, to not try this collection out; manga is more than just magical girls, large-scale fantasy romps or wacky romantic comedies. Manga can be just as experimental and surreal as American underground comics, and AX has such a selection in spades. For such a large book, it's actually a remarkably fast read, due in part to the bite-size stories and in part to the very visual storytelling they use. Yes, manga is a visual storytelling medium already, but some of the stories have notably little dialogue or narration and rely quite a lot on the art to carry us through. The ones that do feature any significant amount of text use fairly simple sentences (mostly for the sake of impact) and read almost like illustrated storybooks, if highly unusual ones. The part that may inspire one or more additonal read-throughs is the fact that so many of the stories in here have very bizarre themes or premises. One story might actually tug a bit at the heartstrings, then the one after it will really mess with your head. Some of them are so strange that, at first, it won't even be clear what in the world it's about or what it's trying to say. Lazier readers may or may not appreciate this sort of thing, but manga fans looking to expand their horizons a bit will find plenty to appreciate here. One such story, Inside The Gourd, is an unconventional love story involving a working man who cares more about studying insects than finding a wife. Another, Push Pin Woman, is a metaphorical look at the end of a relationship. Then we have The Hare & The Tortoise, a clever and amusing sequel of sorts to the classic children's story. A more disturbing story, Puppy Love, puts humankind's prejudices and hypocrisy on full display while giving an account of a couple's sad journey through parenthood. And there are nearly thirty other stories to go with them, some making about as much sense, and others not seeming to make any. Because this is an anthology, no two stories are written or drawn by the same person, giving us a wide variety of styles to observe and appreciate. Very little of what is presented will remind anyone of the sort of shonen series they may be accustomed to reading; the artwork is just as different from story to story as it would be from a Marvel comic book to MAD Magazine. Some present characters with the sort of proportions we would expect, and others use such wild, crazed caricatures that, were the stories not so short, it would be easy to understand if someone wound up forgetting they were still reading the same book. One thing that should be mentioned is the fact that this is definitely not a child-friendly anthology. While one won't find much objectionable language, one will find more than enough nudity, sexuality, violence and just flat-out disturbing themes to justify keeping this well out of the kids' reach. These stories don't pull any punches in any department, and as they are quite experimental in nature, they don't exactly present their messages in a "now, what did we all learn today?" sort of way. For the adult manga reader looking to find something more varied and thought-provoking than the works of Ken Akamatsu, however, AX is a fine choice. Author Paul Gravett, who writes the book's introduction, expresses his hope that this will be only the first of many such anthologies to appear in English, and after having read it cover to cover, that would be my hope as well.

  • Morgan
    2019-04-07 16:33

    Had to revisit this since I remember being so excited about it when it was about to come out and was disappointed. I just don't understand why they did such a terrible job with this volume, it's an odd selection of stories and the production quality is very poor. Ax isn't the most exciting periodical ever but this still seems like a particularly poor representation. And yes this book is very misogynistic which unfortunately does seem fairly accurate in terms of what the magazine is typically like. It's disappointing that there's no Hanako Yamada in this volume but there could be complex reasons for that. We need more of her in English and more Yuka Goto.

  • Sean Wilson
    2019-04-12 13:28

    Hi all,Im the editor of this collection. Thanks for the mentions here. The book got a lot of critical attention and praise, such as:"This fantastic collection features eye-opening work by 33 representative artists. ... Ax provides... a home for the perverse and the profound. Libraries committed to sophisticated comics collections and to adventurous (mature) readers must buy this volume and those that follow." - Library Journal (starred review) "This brilliantly curated, 400-page collection highlights the best experimental Japanese comics I've ever seen."-Whitney Matheson, USA Today's Pop Candy…"A world's worth of material, this is a book that every serious fan of manga should read."- Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide. ​"Within Ax's four hundred pages are over thirty stories that explode everything you might have thought about what manga is." - David Brothers, Comics Alliance"One hell of a book... absolutely recommended." -Joseph Luster, Otaku USAYou can see more pages from the book on my web site:, Sean

  • Nate
    2019-03-23 11:35

    An interesting collection of alternative manga, and a great book for those who don't know much about manga beyond Dragonball and Sailor Moon. The level of quality is somewhat uneven, but the stronger pieces more than make up for the weaker ones. Another sort of negative thing is that though the editor refers to the collection as a great introduction to many different artists (which it is), most of the artists represented don't have their work translated into English, which leaves everyone who doesn't read Japanese stuck, especially if they find work they really enjoy. But I guess that could be more incentive to learn the language. If you already like manga, pick this one up. If you don't, borrow from a friend first.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-29 14:27

    Some outside the box which was good, and some other things that were TOO outside the box that is my comfort zone or taste. A lot of great artwork, however this is a collection of 33 stories, and the bulk was either art I didn't care for or more often was of a subject matter that was too lewd or wasn't linear or didn't make sense as a story. Enjoyable segments:Ayuko Akiyama's Inside the GourdKatsuo Kawai's Push Pin WomanMitsuhiko Yoshida's The Hare and the TortoiseShinbo Minami's Robo and PyutaShinya Komatsu's Mushroom GardenI'll see if I can find some of their other works.

  • Ciro
    2019-03-22 19:53

    Extraordinary collection. Great depth of intellect and imagination, and I want to chew on the art. I wish say I could say I loved it, but enough of the pieces seemed to be a working-out of male sexual anxiety from a patriarchal perspective that I closed the book a little angry, unfortunately. Regardless, I'm definitely ready for the next volume.

  • Oz Barton
    2019-04-14 12:51

    Difficult to rate simply due to the sheer boggling variety of stories and styles compiled here. I only liked about a third of them, and I didn't understand several more. Bonus points for the free-expression spirit of the thing.

  • Kim
    2019-03-25 13:49

    japanese alternative comics (manga) are usually misogynic.

  • Sae-chan
    2019-04-07 14:32

    This book was like a dream catalogue. Some are heart-warming, some are heart-wrenching, some are erotic, some are grotesque, some are artsily pretty and some are painstakingly ugly.But the most important message I got was what was printed in the cover: Independent - Open - Experimental. That's how I wish I will always be.

  • P.
    2019-04-12 18:33

    reading this just made me curious about what the selection process was. as with any anthology, there were some I liked, some I didn't. lots of weird humor, scatological humor, sexual stuff, some of it worked for me and some didn't.

  • Matt
    2019-03-20 13:37

    I liked this collection of off-beat manga pretty well. I'm not sure it's the kind of revelation that a book like _Eightball_ was, but maybe that's because I've already read _Eightball_. These stories I think have a similar kind of underground pedigree, taken from the magazine _Afternoon_, if I'm remembering right.Anthologies are always hard, where you want to read till you find something great or collapse from exhaustion, so it's hard to really get a sense of individual pieces. I tried, then, to really slow this one down, to read two or three a night till I finished, whether or not what I read any one night was great or not.And like a lot of anthologies, a lot of it didn't really move me-- there's a lot of sex here, some of it pretty transgressive by my standards. I'm not sure I'm offended by most of it, but some of the stories didn't seem to have all that much else to offer, besides that graphic sex. Others, I think, really on subverting manga tropes that I'm not totally invested in, because while I read manga, I don't read enough of it, or a wide enough range, to really catch those tropes immediately.But there are some stories here that I do think are absolute gems. My favorite, I think, is "Enrique Kobayashi's El Dorado," which is sort of an essay in pictures, though there's more jumping between narrative levels than that would suggest. And the pictures are great-- lumpy and condensed, it's really a stand out in this collection. "Love's Bride," which gets the back cover, is also pretty great, for the way it's willing to go way out in terms of how the main character responds to his lust. Funny, shocking, and only in comics. Some, like "Puppy Love" are almost there-- weird, haunting stuff. And throughout, there's a range of art styles, some of which are really beautiful, some of which are expressive, and some which put truth to the lie that comics art-- American or Japanese style-- is rooted in the study of anatomy.So, a mixed bag, but I'd probably buy a volume of this series a year, to expand my horizons and for the occasional winner. If the series updated more frequently than that, though, I'd probably let it go on without me.

  • J.
    2019-04-14 18:37

    Like all such compilations, the perceived quality ranges wildly. However, it is invariably "alternative" manga. No giant robots or card fights, more like American Comix.

  • Penelope
    2019-04-17 19:34

    Interesting collection...I feel like I only understood what was going on in maybe 1/4 of the stories. And it seemed like there was an overabundance of boobs (I have nothing against boobs...but sometimes it just made me wonder "why?")I liked the variety of illustration styles--that's what initially drew me to this collection. After the age of 17 (or thereabouts) my fondness for typical anime/manga illustration dwindled into nothingness. So I can definitely appreciate the "alternatives" presented here.I think the reason why I'm not giving this collection a higher rating is because there were only a few comics that left me thinking "wow, I want to read more by this artist." Most of the time my reaction was more like "ok...that was kind of weird/funny/provocative/thought-provoking...time to read the next one."List of favorites/un-favorites to be added when I'm not lazy.

  • aljouharah altheeyb
    2019-03-27 12:41

    فيه إختيارات سيئة كثيره. طول وأنا ما أقرأ أقول لنفسي الذوق الأمريكي فارض نفسه. لو تبي تعرفني على الألترنتف كوميك أنا يالقارئ الغربي، لاتجيب أعمال على ذائقتي أو على ذوقي الماصخ في الكوميديا. جب شي يعارض تفكيري، شي يصارع العالم الطبيعي كما أراه وأصلاً هذي فكرة الألترنتف مانجا أنك تاخذها على محمل الجد وتغير شي فيك أو تتحداك من الداخل. لكن يجي لي الإختيارات أغلبه عن موضوع الجنس وليته شي صاحي إختيارات خايسه لكتاب جيدين. بجد ودك من يكفخهم :( على كُل حال، هذا مايمنع بتاتاً أن فيه اختيارات رهيب. مانجا The Sadness of the Heart على كثر ماقريته تمتعت به على ورق كذلك. ما أنصح فيه للي يبون يتعرفون على الألترنتف مانجا، لأنه بيعطيك فكره قبيحه عن هالمجال. وأعني اقرأ باقي التقييمات في الصفحة وبتعرف ليه xD

  • Angel
    2019-03-24 19:35

    This book was mostly "ok." I had high expectations given it bills itself as a collection of alternative manga. Aside from a couple of stories that were pretty good and even made me think a bit, most of the stories in this collection are the kind of artist sketch that should have stayed in the sketchbook. They seem incomplete and often half-baked. As if the artist was having some kind of brainstorm thought, but then he never followed through. If this is what is defined as "underground," it can stay there. As I said, there are a couple of stories that are worth reading, but aside from those, most of the volume is pretty forgettable. This one is one to borrow, not buy.

  • Geoff Sebesta
    2019-04-16 19:35

    Turns out they have boring confession comics in Japan. This collection of semiautobiographical and freaky-but-not-too-freaky comics had me yawning, a lot, but it is what it is and if you like that sort of thing this is the best place to find it. I seem to remember there being a pretty good comic towards the beginning, but I can't remember what it was about; that's how much of an impression this collection made on me.These sort of anthologies are printed a lot more because editors want to make them than because readers want to read them.

  • Raleigh
    2019-03-30 11:33

    Interesting curation of japanese graphic stories. My experience with reading manga is very limited...mostly because I find the formulaic nature of it a bit boring. This book is anything but boring though! Stories range from the absurd and pornographic to the insightful and intelligent. I would be wary of recommending this to everyone though, just because this book does not shy way from going there. Very cool stuff.

  • Justin
    2019-04-01 19:51 stories in the book: Love's Bride - Yoshihiro Tatsumi - jilted love leads to an apeConch of the Sky - Imiri Sakabashira - surreal fever nightmare taleA Broken Soul - Nishioka Brosis - disjointedly odd artEnrique Kobayahsi's Eldorado - Toranusuke Shimada - Sacco-esque tale of a motorcycle company and Nazis

  • Emilia P
    2019-04-14 11:27

    Four stars for the diversity of stuff they included -- I just want to hold this up and say "this is what I mean by manga. it's just comics guys. weird weird comics." I want more of these! Translate the outlandish stuff, people! Faster Faster! Even if I don't like all of it, how will I know? Uhhh I guess I could go learn Japanese....... nope. :)

  • Shadowjac
    2019-04-14 16:32

    Well my last review did not save and I don't have much time so I'll just recap quickly with bullet points what I thought- short story collection- did not finish completely due to distasteful explicit sex scenes - what I did read was amazing or awful it was hit and miss- some parts were absolutely amazing though like really, really good.- would recommend to mature readers.

  • o
    2019-04-16 16:45

    I'll admit, I did a lot of skimming. There were only three stories in this collection that I enjoyed, and the rest... Well. There were some pretty ah... disgusting little comics in this anthology, let me tell you that. I consider myself pretty open-minded, but this was absolutely painful to browse through.

  • Rebecca Jo
    2019-03-20 16:51

    Very low two. A few of the stories had good art or an interesting story but none of them had both. Most styles in this were not my cup of tea. I normally love bizarre Japanese things but this time it was too hard for me to understand. I found this overall a disappointment. I guess I'm not one for experimental styles.

  • Peacegal
    2019-04-18 14:51

    AX is very cool. It's a collection of bizarre "alternative" manga. None of the comics are very long at all, so the few I disliked didn't ruin the entire collection for me. There was some great stuff here that will be beloved by fans of the weird.

  • Philip
    2019-03-30 15:42

    I should stop buying anthologies of alternative comics. There are some good stories here, but most of the artwork is unskilled, and the stories are either nonsensical or designed to shock for shock's sake.