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The Royal Cup (Last Man) Bastien Vivs, Michal Sanlaville, Balak DOC | *audiobook | ebooks | Download PDF | ePub

#261393 in Books 2015-06-23 2015-06-23Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.47 x .61 x 6.06l, .0 #File Name: 1626720479208 pages | File size: 60.Mb Bastien Vivs, Michal Sanlaville, Balak : The Royal Cup (Last Man) before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Royal Cup (Last Man): 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. You dont know a person til you fight them.By MaverickThere are times when Ive been completely swept up in a piece of text or a show or series of artworkwhere I am completely drawn into the world without prejudice or reservation. Beyond classics like TheLord of the Rings and Star Wars, there are smaller series like Sword Art Online and The Wheel of Timewhere my analytical self shuts down and just enjoys whats in front of me. The Last Man Seriespublished by First Second is one of these wondrous moments for me, and I find myself diving into it asdeeply as my love for a certain YT-1300 CEC Light Freighter. The first volume was


fantasticallyinteresting and detailed in a way that led me to believe that the world we saw was the whole shebang,but in each successive installment the world has expanded outward with plot and scope, and inwardwith depth of character and some real thought-provoking twists. All of this laid down with a heavy doseof SciFi that strangely stays mostly unnoticed and becomes naturally intertwined with the world until itall just makes sense.Normally I like to break down between the art and script, but I really cant seem to pull it apart. This iswhat I think of when I think of art: where the technique is so masterfully applied that you can no longersee it. Think of the difference of a student film protagonist and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The young actoryou can see using sense memory, reacting on the line, and projecting. Hopkins just is. The techniquehas become invisible and all thats left is the art. This is what I feel the Last Man has achieved, and Ireally dont want to mess with the harmony. Balak, Sanlaville and Vives have combined in a story thatlooks gorgeous on the page, borrows from styles and genres in a way that feels natural and focused, andmanages to give a wide array of characters a life and depth that is incredibly rewarding to read.This may sound odd, but this series to me is as if Dragonball Z happened in the real world. Its thededication to making the world so damn believable that gives me that sense, everyone we meet is asfleshed out as many main characters in other books, but serve just their time to add to the currentnarrative as the Velbas manage to get closer to catching Richard. This volume finally gives us a goodlook at who he is, and why he ended up in the tournament with Adrien in the first place. Theres still amystery of what precisely the incident involved, the creators are not getting soft on us and suddenlyopening the floodgates on him which keeps just enough mystery involved to be on the pleasant side offrustrating. We get to see the Velbas handle a big city after their adventures in Nihipolis, and the scopewidens considerably as we are brought more into the know as to what their world actually is. Marianneseems to be quite comfortable with this larger world, and it begs the question of how?. She is arefreshingly strong and complex woman who steps right into the sh*t when needed. Adrien will beexposed to the most as you read, and the delicateness and maturity in which they handle the reality ofhis experiences is something not seen in a lot of comics. Its a simple dedication to storytelling thatmakes the images come to life in front of you.There have been a few clues dropped throughout the series thus far about the city the Velbas hail fromand what it means to this larger world that theyve entered, but the final three pages of this volume aregroundshattering in their impact, and much like everything else in the series are drawn and writtenbrilliantly. Im so excited for Julys release of the next volume already.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. I'm hooked on this series--book 2 even better than the first one!By A. ReaderI am loving this series--the second book is even better than the first. So terrific seeing the story come together, seeing as the first book left off at quite a cliffhanger. I'm psyched to see where the series goes next! My nephew loves it, too--great for both adults and teens.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. love how much thought and effort goes into the backgrounds ...By JaceSolid comic/manga, love how much thought and effort goes into the backgrounds and scenery in this series. Richard Aldana, the mysterious stranger who entered the Games in the first volume of Last Man, continues to defeat all of his competitors, despite his outlandish refusal to use any magic, and to rely solely on martial arts. With young Adrian fighting at his side, he's beginning to look like a likely contender for the Royal Cup.But in a breathtaking twist, everything changes: this world is not what you thought it was, and Richard Aldana is certainly not who he claimed. With the same fast-paced action-oriented storytelling and gorgeous art as The Stranger, the second volume of the Last Man series changes all the rules, and will leave readers eagerly awaiting book three! From School Library JournalGr 8 UpThis sequel to The Stranger (First Second, 2015) picks up right where the narrative left off with the Royal Cup tournament underdogs, the young novice Adrian Velba, and the mysterious rogue fighter Richard Aldana. With Richard at his side, Adrian is gaining more confidence in his ability to battle in the ring and he is more of a competitor as the team heads to the championships. Richard, too, is becoming more familiar with the intricate rules surrounding the Royal Cup and does what he can to propel them to the final battle. Also, things begin to heat up between Richard and young Adrian's mother, Marianne. This does not distract him from the last Royal Cup fight, which is certainly epic. Even before the final match, people are becoming increasingly suspicious of Aldana, and he must distance himself before he gets in too deep. Action scenes propel this underdog fight story again. The black-and-white illustrations are well done and captivating. Teens will be rooting for Richard and Adrian. They make an odd couple, but they learn from each other every step of the way. Enough questions are answered in this second volume of the graphic novel series, but there is still an abundance of mystery surrounding the older man, and it looks like Adrian's mother has some tricks up her sleeve as well. VERDICT Teens of all ages will enjoy this mythical journey but will have to have read the first installment to understand this entry fully.Morgan Brickey, Marion County Public Library System, FLAbout the AuthorBASTIEN VIVES studied illustration and animation at the Ecole des Gobelins. After movie-making classes, he dived into comics, and his first title came out in 2007. BALAK (aka Yves Bigerel) works as a storyboard artists, 2D animator and TV show director in France. He works with Marvel Comics on the new digital Infinite Comics brand, as a storyboard artist (Avengers VS X-men with Mark Waid, Guardians of the Galaxy with Brian M. Bendis, Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted with Jason Aaron and Jason Latour).MICHAEL SANLAVILLE graduated from the Emile Cohl school, and later the Gobelins, after which he followed twin careers in


animation (at the Xilam studio) and in comics with Casterman publishers. The Royal Cup is the sequel to The Stranger, and the second volume in their Last Man series.

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