Black Butler : v. 1 Paperback
by Yana Toboso
When a terrible fire claims his parents, Ciel Phantomhive must step up as the head of his father's company and as Earl Phantomhive. It would be a lot for the young boy to handle were it not for his faithful butler, Sebastian. Ever at Ciel's side, it seems there's little Sebastian can't do, whether it's saving a dinner party gone awry or probing the dark secrets of London's underbelly. He's almost too good to be true...or at least, too good to be human...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, Integrated: 160, b/w drawings
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Publication Date: 26/01/2010
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9780316080842
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Review by TPauSilver
Welcome to victorian london, where one small child and his butler are apparently all that stands against the forces of darkness, corruption and general not-very-nice-ness. Meet Ciel and his butler Sebastian. Sebastian's life is hard because he's surrounded by idiots...and impatiant vaguely sadistic twelve year olds who get kidnapped every time he blinks. But that's ok because he's one HELL of a butler. So yeah, it's kind of worrying but also many shades of hillarious. Try it once at least to see if you can handle it.
Review by madmarch
This is an excellent first volume. I picked it up because it resembled Pandora Hearts, which got me into manga thanks to it being based on Alice in Wonderland. Black Butler takes place in Victorian times (another good reason for reading), and is about young earl Ciel Phantomhive, who despite being only twelve is head of his own company. At his side is Sebastian Michaelis, his loyal butler and bodyguard, a suave man in black clothing who seems capable of doing anything. Also in Ciel's employ are three incompetent servants who supply much comic relief for the reader and much exasperation for Sebastian and the young master. These first four chapters set up the characters perfectly, with subtle hints at what Sebastian really is and of what is to come in future volumes. The first two are comedic in tone, and are mostly devoted to showing off the butler's skills. However, chapter two also introduces Ciel's fiancee Elisabeth and gives us glances at their relationship, Ciel's character and Sebby's supernatural nature.The final two have Ciel captured by the mafia- something they learn to regret after Sebastian Michaelis comes after them.Beautiful art, beautiful scenery, excellent characers. Worth reading if you're into stuff with a goth or lolita sensibility.
Review by Scamp098
I found this really good, we're looking at it in skl for the stan lee awards and it's so cool, Black Butler is another of them hot manga characters that has alot of surprises up his sleeve, I would reccomend this book to anyone.
Review by catfantastic
Twelve-year old Ciel Phantomhive is the head of the powerful, aristocratic Phantomhive family, known as the Queen Victoria's watchdog, the young Earl is tasked with keeping Great Britain safe from underworld menaces. Young Ciel is also the owner of a successful toy and candy company. This is all possible due to the enormous skill of his butler, the suave and handsome Sebastian. For Sebastian is more than he seems - a supernatural demon bonded to Ciel by contract.My thoughts: this is fun. Sebastian manages to be beautiful and darkly sinister at the same time. At times the manga can be quite funny, but it also has a lot of action and gore. Watching Sebastian take on mafia henchmen using silverware made me lol. My favourite character might be Mister Tanaka, an old servant who does nothing but chortle and drink tea. An interesting supernatural manga. I look forwards to reading more.
Review by Kassilem
This was a fun book. The artwork is very well done and the first volume did a great job of sucking me in. Toboso gave the first half of the volume to introducing the characters and the second half for really pulling in the reader. This is a series I would like to peruse to see where the author takes this idea. Looking forward to it.
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