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TUKI (Book Two)

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It is the first graphic novel that I have read for Jeff Smith, but I'm sure that will not be the last one I will read, I liked the sequence of the storyline, the way he introduced the characters and the physiological insight which was perfect to know and get throughout the dialogue.But there was one thing that I don't like much more. Okay, It's a story that talking about millions years ago, so the Drawing was with no color but I was disturbing me so much, I wish I have read that story with colors as it will add a new insight to thestory, at least It will add a new perspective to the story.
but overall I like it and I will for sure read more from Jeff Smith.
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While I'm not real big on cavemen or magic myself, I am a fan of Jeff Smith's work so I wanted to give this one a try. The narrative is very visceral, very much focused on the present and immediate danger as one would expect from cave people. It's the mysticism that stretches me a bit. Smith's art and story telling are tight and dynamic as always.
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Both books are very entertajning, though a bit serious at some points but overall I enjoyed both two books..the publisher was kind enough to give me access to the first book and i don't mind if this becomes a series.  Will surely look forward for more books in the future!

Both kids and adults will surely can jump into this and finish in no time. Started reading this in my phone but better to read this in a laptop to have a better experience of reading without scrolling left and right.
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Excellently illustrated and a staple of consistency in innovation and technique from this excellent graphic novelist! I can't wait to see what comes next.
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This is a spoiler free review.

Tuki: Fight for Fire and Tuki: Fight for Family are two terrific graphic novels.  Thank you NetGalley, Kathleen Glosan, and Jeff Smith for the advanced reader copies of both books.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!  The artwork and awesome stories compliment each other very well.  I was hooked from the start of Book One.

The Tuki graphic novels are very different from other Jeff Smith comics series such as Bone.  The Tuki books are much more serious and have moments of violence but Tuki has so much heart and some beautiful poignant scenes.  Reading the Tuki graphic novels felt like I was reading a story that would make a great movie or cartoon series.  Some of the scenes felt like perfect storyboards or silent segments with very little to no dialogue which I really enjoy.  The art told the story and the readers could imagine their own sounds for the scene.  It’s like watching a silent film.

Tuki is the hero of these journey quest stories.  His tale begins at the dawn of humanity.  Where food and water are both scarce.  He’s a cross between Tarzan and an unlikely hero type or a ronin who roams the jungle and plains in search of the mother herd of all buffalo.

During his journey he meets various species of humans.  During this prehistoric time there are several human species who try to coexist with one another.  In the Tuki graphic novels there are at least four species of humans and Tuki interacts with each of them during his journey.  Tuki is a part of the species of humans who use fire and walk on two feet, but another species is the Habiline.  They hate fire and attack and kill anyone who uses fire or cooks their food.  The Habiline think it is an abomination of life to cook your food.  Tuki meets an older Habiline, the Old One, a Seer who tries to warn Tuki how much the Habiline hate his kind.

The Old One and Tuki also meet other human species during this fantasy prehistoric story.  They meet three children who bond with all of them. The children are the glue that holds them all together.  Both Tuki and the old Habiline care for the kids in their own way.  The children help Tuki and the other species to put aside their differences as they battle animal Gods, other human species, and long tooths.  

The Tuki graphic novels remind me so much of Tarzan films and the Disney cartoon especially when Tuki goes sliding across tree branches and swings on vines as he ventures through the jungle.  I also see similarities to Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal.  Two stories about humans during the dawn of man as they each battle prehistoric monsters.

I highly recommend reading both Tuki: Fight for Fire and Tuki: Fight for Family.  These are two very entertaining graphic novels that feature great stories and amazing artwork.  Make sure you read to the end of each book.  There is so much great information and bonus material on what Tuki is based on, storyboards with artist edition notes, Jeff Smith stories, and more.

Stay awesome keep reading!


Tuki: Fight for Fire and Tuki: Fight for Family

Creative Team:

Written and Illustrated by Jeff Smith
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This was an interesting book to read. I wish I read the first book before this. The storyline is intriguing and I would like to read the next installment. The characters are well evolved and the illustrations are nicely done. 

Thank you NetGalley and Cartoon Books for giving me the opportunity to read this.
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A family-centered tale of survival and exploration told through beautiful black-and-white illustrations and engaging text. A story for the ages!
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I wish the cover and title on NetGalley made it more clear that this is book 2.

This story looks simple, but don't be fooled. That's how Jeff Smith always gets you. With clean, "cartoony" art and deceptively basic character types. Then you realize the world is richer, the people are deeper, and you're completely sucked in.

For example, this is Book 2 about a group of ragtag pre-homo sapiens(? I don't know what else to call them)) trying to survive. Not my jam. I like horror, romance, and superheroes. I didn't even know there was a Book 1. By all rights this should not be a book for me. But darn it if I didn't care about this little found family by the end. That's Jeff Smith's superpower.
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Read in quick order from the first book (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4712910240), it is at least a bit clearer to see just where the series might be going.  For I think I am proven right, here – this is going to be a quest book, of course, but the meat of the story's moral will be how young people can bridge differences between us all, and how way back when humanity had five or six species coexisting, it was the youth that might have stopped them being so against each other.  Here the kids look up to Tuki, to the extent they replicate his basic tools for the first time, and everyone is on board when a dramatic rescue mission is called for.

Said rescue also allows Tuki to go the full Tarzan with us, pinging from one tree to another, and always finding a liana handy just when it's needed.  There was always a bit of the Hollywood about the first book, with a lot of the landscape looking like a Western set as much as the African plains.  And that escapist setting is further evidence that in truth this series isn't really intent on spreading a moral or Grand Point About It All – it is just a lark, a typical Jeff Smith adventure quest.  Here the characters broaden out, and their differences make for a lot more drama, but I still don't think easy about giving this four stars.  Yes, I have grown a fondness for Tuki and the disparate family that built in Book One, and I remain interested in what will come (four further books of this size are intended), but nothing quite has the spark or the feel of the essential I would have expected.  I feel that there is a four star rating to be had from this series somewhere in the future, however – my enjoyment of it was certainly growing.
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This book series is nothing like Bone, but the artwork and story telling is so so good! I can't wait to find out what happens next. It's another journey story, similar to Bone in that way with a diverse cast of characters, but it is less comedic. There are a lot of questions to be answered, so it keeps the story going!!
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Thank you to Jeff Smith, NetGalley and the team at Cartoon Books Inc for an advance copy of Tuki: Fight for Family to review! All opinions are honest and my own. 

Anthro-paleontology? Adventure? Mystical forces? The Motherherd of all Buffalo?? Jeff Smith's signature, always charming, creative style? Comic book fans and lovers of great storytelling, what more could you want?!  As it is, I am sad that I will have to wait for the next volume to be published, but you can't rush great art.
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e-arc provided by Netgalley

I was a little lost on the plot but I enjoyed the art (did like Bones more than this one)
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