Prince of Cats

Prince of Cats

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This hip-hop retelling of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet focuses on Tybalt (derisively referred to as "the Prince of Cats") and his Capulet crew as they do battle nightly with the hated Montagues. Set in a Blade Runner-esque version of Brooklyn, P
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401220686
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,23 cm.

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skyekilaen
Sep 29, 2018

A hip-hop ninja Romeo and Juliet remix focused on Tybalt, who's involved in an underground sword dueling club in the equivalent of 1980s New York. You've probably never read anything like this, and it has all the excitement of the classic story that inspired it. Bold coloring, full of action and intrigue, heading towards an inevitably tragic ending. Reading Wimberly's afterword gave me even more appreciation for how good of a writer he is, and I was intrigued by the connections he drew between Kurosawa's Ran, Wu-Tang Clan, and the streets of Verona that led him to create this book.

We got this big hardcover reissue in November 2016, and it's SO worth it, as Wimberly had made updates for this edition.

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AfrikaSmith
Jan 02, 2018

The title was odd to me, but the dialog and fight scenes are great.

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skyekilaen
May 20, 2015

A hip-hop ninja Romeo and Juliet remix about Tybalt. You have never read anything like this, and it has all the passion of the story that inspired it. Reading Wimberly's afterword, I was struck again by how good of a writer he is, and the connections he drew between Kurosawa's Ran, Wu-Tang Clan, and the streets of Verona to create this book. It even gets better as you re-read it. (Do I have to say anything else to sell you on this book? Really? I didn't think so.)

theorbys Apr 17, 2013

I did enjoy reading this: the idea was a good one, and the art and ambiance were well done. But, for me at least, the fact that I could not follow what was happening on many pages, often the fight scenes, was a serious drawback. Still I would not hesitate to read more of Ronald Wimberly's work. BTW great title for this book.

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