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Clover. 1
CLAMP (Mangaka group)
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Tokyopop, [2001]

Physical Description:
119 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
General Note:
Cover title.

"Tokyopop Manga."
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X Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
X Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
X Graphic Novel Young Adult

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In a world where the government seeks to control Clovers, special children with amazing powers, Sue finds herself being hunted. Unaware of who she really is our heroine is accompanied by Kazuhiko, a retired soldier called back to transport a top secret item, (Sue). Sue comes to discover that she is unique even among Clovers and, with Kazuhiko's help, strives to uncover the government's true intentions. Visually stunning, Clover shows again why CLAMP is one of the most respected studios in Japan.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In a cyberpunk world, former soldier Kazuhiko is asked to take on one more job delivering a mysterious young woman to a location that only she can find. Along their journey the pair encounters many forces seeking to control the girl's massive powers, but it is their own government that could prove to be the biggest threat. Originally published in four books but long out of print, this astounding and dark sf tale, by the four-woman writing team CLAMP, is now available in a single volume, with color extras and structured in the original right-to-left format. Fans of CLAMP's renowned lush artistic style may be taken aback by the stripped-down art here, where highly detailed panels float in a sea of white space, surrounded by song lyrics that hold each story together, but that simplicity is precisely what makes this work so strong and eye-catching. The plot is also pared down to its essential elements and emotions, as CLAMP skillfully weaves the complex setting, story, and characters into a moving tale of duty versus love. Purchasers should note some violent and sexual themes at work here. More importantly, this is an excellent choice for readers willing to step beyond conventional shojo manga.--Wildsmith, Snow Copyright 2009 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This group effort graphic novel follows the exploits of Kazuhiko, a former soldier turned private eye who has been given orders to pick up and deliver Sue, a "clover" (someone with extraordinary powers). The seemingly simple task is anything but, and mayhem and adventure ensue. The first installment of a series created by the all-female team known as Clamp, this volume mostly hints at the larger plot machinations at work: a shadowy governing council; a long-lasting feud; a lost love. Still, with its stylish atmospherics and suggestion of suppressed eroticism, the book manages to fulfill all the basic tenets of "girl manga," a genre known in Japan for its appeal to emotions over action-based thrills. Fight scenes and futuristic techno-gadgetry give the wistfulness some weight, but sentimentality prevails. Luckily, so does visual inventiveness, as evocative imagery offsets cloying moments. Clamp's imaginative use of composition and scale lend a visual snazziness that helps the novel transcend the cuteness of its dewy-eyed waifs and broad-shouldered men with delicate faces. Unfortunately, the bland, clunky typeface is particularly jarring in a comic where empty space and images have been so carefully integrated. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-A graphic novel by the team of artists responsible for Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura (both Tokyopop), and X/2001 (Viz). An ex-government agent named Kazuhiko Ryu is coerced into escorting Sue, a mysterious winged girl, to Fairy Park. They travel through a futuristic world filled with creative technology-talking-animal robots trained to protect, mechanical hands that transform into weapons, and Instant Travel Transporters. Sue is a clover, a person with exceptional powers, and their trip is complicated by run-ins with the Azaiean army, the Shiao Mao militia, and a man named Bols from Ryu's past. The artwork is spare yet beautifully detailed. The lyrics of a haunting song that mesmerizes Sue, along with images of Ryu's dead girlfriend, Ora, run throughout the story. This first volume in a projected series sets the stage and introduces the main characters, but also provides many intriguing mysteries: How did Ora die? Why is Sue so valuable? What did Ryu do for the government? And will he and Sue survive jumping out of that hotel window? Clover will appeal to Clamp's many fans, and also to anyone who appreciates cyberpunk or striking art.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.