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When the alien Mimics invade, soldier Keiji Kiriya is killed, easily, on the battlefield. But he wakes up the previous morning as if nothing happened and must fight the battle again…and again…and again. Teamed up with the mysterious female fighter known as the Full Metal Bitch, Keiji must figure out how to stop the cycle—and what role his new and deadly ally plays in the f When the alien Mimics invade, soldier Keiji Kiriya is killed, easily, on the battlefield. But he wakes up the previous morning as if nothing happened and must fight the battle again…and again…and again. Teamed up with the mysterious female fighter known as the Full Metal Bitch, Keiji must figure out how to stop the cycle—and what role his new and deadly ally plays in the fight to save Earth. Author Nick Mamatas (Bullettime, Love Is the Law) and artist Lee Ferguson (Miranda Mercury, Green Arrow/Black Canary) give Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s mind-bending alien invasion tale a bold new look in the offcial comic adaptation of the original novel. Now a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise!


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When the alien Mimics invade, soldier Keiji Kiriya is killed, easily, on the battlefield. But he wakes up the previous morning as if nothing happened and must fight the battle again…and again…and again. Teamed up with the mysterious female fighter known as the Full Metal Bitch, Keiji must figure out how to stop the cycle—and what role his new and deadly ally plays in the f When the alien Mimics invade, soldier Keiji Kiriya is killed, easily, on the battlefield. But he wakes up the previous morning as if nothing happened and must fight the battle again…and again…and again. Teamed up with the mysterious female fighter known as the Full Metal Bitch, Keiji must figure out how to stop the cycle—and what role his new and deadly ally plays in the fight to save Earth. Author Nick Mamatas (Bullettime, Love Is the Law) and artist Lee Ferguson (Miranda Mercury, Green Arrow/Black Canary) give Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s mind-bending alien invasion tale a bold new look in the offcial comic adaptation of the original novel. Now a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise!

30 review for All You Need Is Kill (Graphic Novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Wow...do yourself a favor and read the much better novel. Even better go and watch the movie, Edge of Tomorrow. SO much better than this. This was badly drawn, badly paced, badly written. Not worth your time. Wasted mine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    The graphic novel adaptation of All You Need is Kill depends much on the notion that those who will be reading it are the people who have either read the novel or saw the movie Edge of Tomorrow. As a stand-alone graphic novel, someone without any prior knowledge about the movie or the novel will find the comics confusing. Many of the important elements are not clearly explained. On the other hand, those who have read the novel or watched the movie will feel like they have to recall many things f The graphic novel adaptation of All You Need is Kill depends much on the notion that those who will be reading it are the people who have either read the novel or saw the movie Edge of Tomorrow. As a stand-alone graphic novel, someone without any prior knowledge about the movie or the novel will find the comics confusing. Many of the important elements are not clearly explained. On the other hand, those who have read the novel or watched the movie will feel like they have to recall many things from the novel/movie. Everything is rushed and less epic than what should have been. That is disappointing since the very reason we have bought this one is to appreciate the story in another medium and not to experience a mediocre version of it. The artwork is a little less than good. The mimics are not as formidable as they should have been and the protagonists look like generic foot soldiers. Even the fight scenes are boring. Watch the movie, read the novel, skip this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Healy

    Calling this a graphic novel is adaptation of the original All You Need Is Kill is not quite right. To me at least it felt more like a trailer for the novel in comic form (maybe a brand new medium). You are given the bare minimum amount of exposition for the plot to be mostly understandable and lots of disjointed action, seemingly out of context snippets of dialogue and narration. Outside of a few odd moments (Rita addressing the reader while explaining her backstory, the action figures from "the Calling this a graphic novel is adaptation of the original All You Need Is Kill is not quite right. To me at least it felt more like a trailer for the novel in comic form (maybe a brand new medium). You are given the bare minimum amount of exposition for the plot to be mostly understandable and lots of disjointed action, seemingly out of context snippets of dialogue and narration. Outside of a few odd moments (Rita addressing the reader while explaining her backstory, the action figures from "the movie" and Kenji outright telling the reader to go read the novel) it was thoroughly enjoyable and it made me want to go read the original novel (which I got at the same time so I feel less cheated than I would if I got this on it's own).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Full of meh. The aliens are abysmally designed. The pacing is terrible and the page layouts would be confusing if there were anything going on on the page that you needed to understand, which there isn't. Read the book, watch the movie, avoid the obvious movie related cash grab that this slim graphic novel represents. The best thing about it was that it didn't take very long to read. Full of meh. The aliens are abysmally designed. The pacing is terrible and the page layouts would be confusing if there were anything going on on the page that you needed to understand, which there isn't. Read the book, watch the movie, avoid the obvious movie related cash grab that this slim graphic novel represents. The best thing about it was that it didn't take very long to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dorin

    A groundhog day with killing stuff. Awesome. The only thing that's bad about it is that it's too short :D A groundhog day with killing stuff. Awesome. The only thing that's bad about it is that it's too short :D

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vikas

    I learned about this graphic novel/book while reading review for the upcoming Tom Cruise movie 'Edge of Tomorrow', I must say that the producers surely picked a nice book to make a movie. Basically aliens have attacked earth and almost finished the human race and our hero dies while trying to fight them but he wakes up again to fight the aliens and dying again. so on and so forth. Its a very nice graphic novel and everyone should read it, I finished it in one single session after all its only abo I learned about this graphic novel/book while reading review for the upcoming Tom Cruise movie 'Edge of Tomorrow', I must say that the producers surely picked a nice book to make a movie. Basically aliens have attacked earth and almost finished the human race and our hero dies while trying to fight them but he wakes up again to fight the aliens and dying again. so on and so forth. Its a very nice graphic novel and everyone should read it, I finished it in one single session after all its only about 96 pages of awesomeness. I have always loved comics, and I hope that I will always love them. Even though I grew up reading local Indian comics like Raj Comics or Diamond Comics or even Manoj Comics, now's the time to catch up on the international and classic comics and Graphic novels. I am on my quest to read as many comics as I can. I Love comics to bit, may comics never leave my side. I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Marsala

    Watch the movie "Edge of Tomorrow" OR read the original book "All You Need Is Kill" to get the full greatness of this story because this graphic novel doesn't do it justice. Confusing panel layout, mediocre art, and "just the facts ma'am" version of the story makes it feel like you were heavily drinking while reading this since you kinda, sorta have an idea what's going on but feel like you missed something along the way. (And the part where Rita talks to the reader in a fourth wall break is sup Watch the movie "Edge of Tomorrow" OR read the original book "All You Need Is Kill" to get the full greatness of this story because this graphic novel doesn't do it justice. Confusing panel layout, mediocre art, and "just the facts ma'am" version of the story makes it feel like you were heavily drinking while reading this since you kinda, sorta have an idea what's going on but feel like you missed something along the way. (And the part where Rita talks to the reader in a fourth wall break is super lazy). I gave it 2 stars because I love the original book so much that it pained me to give it 1 star, but skip it & spend the 15 min you would've been reading this on watching the movie instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Neil Hepworth

    What a hot mess. I'm just gonna echo everyone else's sentiments because they're spot on: terrible art style, terrible adaptation of the writing, horribly confusing layout, and waste of the last 45 minutes. What a hot mess. I'm just gonna echo everyone else's sentiments because they're spot on: terrible art style, terrible adaptation of the writing, horribly confusing layout, and waste of the last 45 minutes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Powers

    A graphic novel is, in form, a bound book with material similar to full novels. They can be hardcover or card stock and include topics of fiction and non-fiction, or even such things as anthologies or collections. The graphic novel is distinguished from comics or comic books even though the bulk of the material consists of art work. Comic books are printed on inexpensive bulk paper and graphic novels are printed on much higher quality of paper. Some are truly beautiful with glossy pages and be A graphic novel is, in form, a bound book with material similar to full novels. They can be hardcover or card stock and include topics of fiction and non-fiction, or even such things as anthologies or collections. The graphic novel is distinguished from comics or comic books even though the bulk of the material consists of art work. Comic books are printed on inexpensive bulk paper and graphic novels are printed on much higher quality of paper. Some are truly beautiful with glossy pages and beautiful illustrations. Moreover, comics contain advertising whereas graphic novels do not. Also, graphic novels invariably contain a story line that has a beginning, middle, and end; comic books tend to be episodic in nature. Comic books are much, much, shorter than graphic novels (some graphic novels I've seen approach 150 pages--an average seems to be around 100 pages. I mention these attributes to graphic novels because some purported-to-be graphic novels are nothing more than a few comics put together with a card stock cover. It is so disappointing when a title is described and billed as a graphic novel and you spend your money expecting to get a graphic novel, but end up with a glorified comic book. Now, let's take a look at All You Need Is Kill, Graphic Novel to see how it stands up under scrutiny. All You Need Is Kill, Graphic Novel has 96 pages--more than a comic book, so it does fit into the size of a graphic novel. The cover is card stock. Again, not something a comic book usually has, so good, so far. The only advertising I saw was on the last page--the author advertising his own original novel, All You Need Is Kill (and one other novel by him); so that's very good. The cover art and the illustrations inside, by Lee Ferguson, are beautifully rendered and colored and the art is on glossy paper that is, indeed, beautiful to look at. Additionally, its dimensions are 10.2 x 6.9 x 0.2 inches, weighs 4.8 oz. (shipping), and it is in the English Language [ISBN-10: 142156081X; ISBN-13: 978-1421560816]. The story is adapted by Nick Mamatas, and it is clear that the story is adapted from All You Need Is Kill (the novel). Remembering that it is a graphic novel, we know that not everything can be included from a full size book--this one (including the "After- ward") is 269 pages; distilling the book down to 96 pages of art, it seems that the requirement of having a complete story arc is met. And, while the adaptor does a good job selecting what to include in the graphic novel and includes all of the critical story elements, the dialog and scene descriptions fall far short of what I consider good. To me, it just looks as if they rushed this graphic novel into production too fast to get it right. Disappointing. It is terrible that this brand new book is already falling apart! At the spine, the whole spine seems to be starting to come loose as well as the individual pages. I LOVE my books and I have gently read the book and handled it, only to see this happen. I really don't like it that some publishers permit shoddy craftsmanship like this. This is factored into my review of the book. Technically, all the elements appear to be met to consider this a graphic novel. I did love the beautiful art, the cover, and the story line, but thought that the execution of the dialog and scene descriptions were far below what I'd consider to be good. Moreover, I've only read the book once and opened it a second time to take pictures. It is disappointing that the book is already falling apart. What had started out as a 5 star graphic novel has dropped to 2.5 but I round off the number, because of these failings. My advice is to skip the graphic novel and go straight for the novel. Save your $8.75--I'm sorry I bought it. I can't show it here, but my book is falling apart; the pages coming out and the binding loosening from the book. I'm very unhappy with it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    There's a surprisingly good Tom Cruise movie called Edge of Tomorrow about a couple of human heroes fighting off an alien invasion. I thought it was based on this graphic novel. Turns out the graphic novel--like the movie--is based on this book. Wish I'd figured that out before. This book is bad. The best thing I can say about it is that it's extremely short. But it's short because most of the plot is missing. Half the panels appear to be unconnected to the scene. The art goes all pixelly from ti There's a surprisingly good Tom Cruise movie called Edge of Tomorrow about a couple of human heroes fighting off an alien invasion. I thought it was based on this graphic novel. Turns out the graphic novel--like the movie--is based on this book. Wish I'd figured that out before. This book is bad. The best thing I can say about it is that it's extremely short. But it's short because most of the plot is missing. Half the panels appear to be unconnected to the scene. The art goes all pixelly from time to time. Maybe there was a problem with the printer. There was exactly one good moment: the female warrior hero and her female armorer are goggling over the ridiculously busty, scantily-clad action-figure versions of themselves. A male officer interrupts and the armorer departs claiming that she has to run some Bechdel tests. [spit-take]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Bunge

    For better or worse, this is based on the light novel by Hiroshi Sakaurazaka, and it comes off as a Cliff Notes version of the novel - which is a 'light novel' (so think YA) which has also been translated and reissued by Viz under their Haika Soru label. Even the art is rushed, with backgrounds being flat colors - not actual settings - most of the time, so the whole thing feels hollow, no depth to the world it takes place in. It's not a bad introduction, and I haven't seen the movie adaptation, For better or worse, this is based on the light novel by Hiroshi Sakaurazaka, and it comes off as a Cliff Notes version of the novel - which is a 'light novel' (so think YA) which has also been translated and reissued by Viz under their Haika Soru label. Even the art is rushed, with backgrounds being flat colors - not actual settings - most of the time, so the whole thing feels hollow, no depth to the world it takes place in. It's not a bad introduction, and I haven't seen the movie adaptation, but it felt like there was a lot missing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Harmon

    I give this three star because having read the original novel....and really liked it...this seemed to leave out way more than should have been to understand what was really going on. It isnt too bad but pales in comparison to the novel. Side note Hollywood has found a way to F this up as well making a movie out of it called Edge of Tomorrow changing the title of even the book and starring a 50 year old Tome cruise as young raw 18 year old raw recruit Keiji...screw Hollywood and Tom Cruise.

  13. 5 out of 5

    astrea

    Even a Coles Notes has more info than this does. While its an adaptation it doesn't even scratch the surface of the original novel. This version feels superficial it doesn't get into what made the book so good. Many important scenes were cut out and we barely know anything about the characters (also what is with Rita breaking fourth wall? Where did that even come from). The only good thing about these flaws is that I could finish reading it soon and move on to something better. Even a Coles Notes has more info than this does. While its an adaptation it doesn't even scratch the surface of the original novel. This version feels superficial it doesn't get into what made the book so good. Many important scenes were cut out and we barely know anything about the characters (also what is with Rita breaking fourth wall? Where did that even come from). The only good thing about these flaws is that I could finish reading it soon and move on to something better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    L

    The graphic novel adaptation of a graphic novel? Okay. An interesting story but this adaptation leaves a lot of unanswered questions and was sometimes hard to follow. This book certainly doesn't inspire me to watch the movie based from it but perhaps one day I wil read the story that started it all. The graphic novel adaptation of a graphic novel? Okay. An interesting story but this adaptation leaves a lot of unanswered questions and was sometimes hard to follow. This book certainly doesn't inspire me to watch the movie based from it but perhaps one day I wil read the story that started it all.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Loring

    This is a very good graphic novel, albeit you have to of read the original novel to get it. I recommend this to everyone who has read the novel!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Well, nice try. Sorry though, you're compared to Yoshitoshi ABe and Takeshi Obata here.. Well, nice try. Sorry though, you're compared to Yoshitoshi ABe and Takeshi Obata here..

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ria

    This was just OK - the art wasn't great and I think the film did a better job with the narrative. Will have to try the novel instead. This was just OK - the art wasn't great and I think the film did a better job with the narrative. Will have to try the novel instead.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Adapted from the Japanese manga/light novel. A man at war with huge, deadly aliens finds himself repeating a short section of his life over and over after being killed by one of the aliens. Interesting. I'm curious how it would've come across without knowing the story from the film adaptation. This was much faster, shorter, simpler, more straight forward. No bad - like a good SF short story. Reminded me of Ted Chiang, actually. I didn't love the art - it didn't get in the way or blur together bu Adapted from the Japanese manga/light novel. A man at war with huge, deadly aliens finds himself repeating a short section of his life over and over after being killed by one of the aliens. Interesting. I'm curious how it would've come across without knowing the story from the film adaptation. This was much faster, shorter, simpler, more straight forward. No bad - like a good SF short story. Reminded me of Ted Chiang, actually. I didn't love the art - it didn't get in the way or blur together but just isn't a style I particularly like. The coloring is really dark. I think I'd have liked this more as a normal manga - as it is the style looks very American (like 90s superhero comics).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh Mattern

    I requested this book from the library on accident when I meant to get the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, but since I had the graphic novel, I thought I'd read it anyway after finishing the novel. The book is definitely better. Sometimes graphic interpretations of novels can add a new layer to the story (like with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), but this is not one of those cases. I'm not sure you'd even be able to understand what was going on in this graphic novel if you hadn't read the Sak I requested this book from the library on accident when I meant to get the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, but since I had the graphic novel, I thought I'd read it anyway after finishing the novel. The book is definitely better. Sometimes graphic interpretations of novels can add a new layer to the story (like with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), but this is not one of those cases. I'm not sure you'd even be able to understand what was going on in this graphic novel if you hadn't read the Sakurazaka's book. The novel is short and gripping, so I would recommend that over this graphic version.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    As other reviews have noted, it's an extremely poor representation of its source material, skimming iver the Mimics, the loop concept, the relationship between the two central characters, and pretty much everything else in between - and the art style is not gripping at all. Save yourself the time and appreciate this in another style. As other reviews have noted, it's an extremely poor representation of its source material, skimming iver the Mimics, the loop concept, the relationship between the two central characters, and pretty much everything else in between - and the art style is not gripping at all. Save yourself the time and appreciate this in another style.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I really liked the art work but the story was rather confusing. If I hadn't already seen the movie I am not sure that I would have understood it. Overall, I am not sure that this adds much to the original novel. I really liked the art work but the story was rather confusing. If I hadn't already seen the movie I am not sure that I would have understood it. Overall, I am not sure that this adds much to the original novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mike Erickson

    I enjoyed it, but it felt like this adaptation was missing pages or something. If I hadn't already seen the movie (Edge of Tomorrow), I would have been completely lost through most of this story. I enjoyed it, but it felt like this adaptation was missing pages or something. If I hadn't already seen the movie (Edge of Tomorrow), I would have been completely lost through most of this story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nichi

    Really nice read. A bit thought provoking in a few moments. The battle scenes are very hard to make out on the page.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric Brasley

    There is little empathy for the characters, in the art or in the story. Also, there are few surprises or drama in the fight scenes. This is more of a comic than a graphic novel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Stigter

    Super rushed. Hard to understand and almost no story arc whatsoever. Haven't read the book but I have seen the movie and it was a heck of a lot better than this. Super rushed. Hard to understand and almost no story arc whatsoever. Haven't read the book but I have seen the movie and it was a heck of a lot better than this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    The book was much better

  27. 4 out of 5

    alternBRUNO°°

    Entertaining, but the narrative is a bit weak and there is very little character development.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Not sure that this worked well as a graphic novel, maybe if it was longer. A good moral about war and being a soldier. I look forward to reading the novel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey

    The adaptation felt rushed. Pretty artwork but it didn't make a ton of sense. I think I should have read the book instead. The adaptation felt rushed. Pretty artwork but it didn't make a ton of sense. I think I should have read the book instead.

  30. 4 out of 5

    John

    Good art and visuals but glad I read the novel first as filled in a lot of the story.

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