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Daniel X, Vol. 1 (Daniel X: The Manga, #1)

Daniel X, Vol. 1

Written by: James Patterson
Pages: 192
The greatest superpower…is the power to create.
With supreme abilities, like being able to shape-shift and move objects with his mind, Daniel is strong enough to take on anything in the world.  It’s the things from beyond this planet that are the real problem.  Daniel possesses a coveted List — that belonged to his father before he was brutally murdered — targeting intergalactic criminals preying on the human race.  Now, Daniel vows to take on his father’s dangerous mission as the Alien Hunter.  In the first book of the series, Daniel must conquer the deadly Ergent Seth.  The fate of the world rests on Daniel X, and he will have his revenge, whatever the cost.

Fresh off reading “Angel”, the latest book in James Patterson’s bird-kid saga, I debated giving his Daniel X a whirl. From what i hear, it’s the same sort of feel so I thought I might enjoy it. Coincidentally, I found the graphic novel for a discount at a store-closing sale. Works for me, I could see what I think, plus have the fun of a graphic novel.

The story did not disappoint. I really like the world created in the Daniel X story. It’s kind of like “Men in Black” – but with a young adult hero. I know my boys will enjoy that, since they love both MIB movies. I really like the orphan with superpowers element as well.

The art in this book looks great. That can truly make or break a graphic novel for me. I really like the manga feel.  I grew up on comic books, but I must admit that I like the manga style drawing better. Yes, there is a difference.

The real fun of this was that as a graphic novel, I finished it quickly. That meant we could pass it around our family and talk about it within a couple of days. Everyone in my house is a fan of Patterson’s “Maximum Ride” series, so this pleased us all. “Angel” is still making the rounds.

Thanks to this graphic novel, I know I want to check out the full length novel that sparked the manga. With this book coming in two formats, you can interest all readers in your house.

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