Kabuki's World

These notes tell about the world in which Kabuki is set.

There will also be some spoilers, as this partly tells the story of Kabuki.


All characters belong to David Mack.
Special thanks to NohTV.com
for letting me use the image scans
to create these backgrounds!

Boomboom's comiccollection:

Kabuki: Classics: 1 (Fear the Reaper aka Circle of Blood Zero)

Kabuki: Dance of Death

Kabuki: Classics (reprinting 'Circle Of Blood'- storyarc): 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Circle of Blood recounts the origins of the government operative known as Kabuki who works in Japan's near future. It's an exploration of the relationship between Japan's government and organized crime on a truly epic scale!
Kabuki is established as an animated icon for the entertainment company Noh Television, while in reality these icons are cover for the Noh operatives; an elite security agency dedicated to combating the crimes of the Yakuza. Each operative is a highly skilled assassin appearing in masks to hide their identities, allowing them to infiltrate organizations without giving their roles away. Kabuki is the best operative of the Noh, product of rape and horrificly scarred as a child, and raised by an eccentric General. Through this story it becomes clear to Kabuki that the Noh have in fact been infiltrated, and are being manipulated. She takes steps to remove the infiltrator and remove his effects, but at what cost to herself?

Kabuki: Classics (reprinting 'Masks Of The Noh'- storyarc): 9, 10, 11, 12
the Noh believe that Kabuki has gone rogue and are assigned with tracking her down. Meanwhile Kabuki lies near death from her injuries sustained in the last storyline. The life of Kabuki and her mother who died in childbirth flash through Kabuki's head - enabling her to at last to come to terms with her tortured past and allowing her to let her mother's spirit rest. The Noh piece together Kabuki's movements in order to trace her current whereabouts - but not before she can be taken by another shadowy organization known as Control Corp. Artistically this storyline uses a different artist for the part of each character - providing differences to the perception and characterization of each.

Kabuki: Color special
Kabuki: Dreams
Kabuki: FAN Edition (signed by Mack)
Kabuki: 1/2 Wizard edition
Kabuki: 1/2 Image 2001 edition
Kabuki: Ghost Play
Dreams is a mix of poetry, Japanese mythology, and a modern near death experience told in a diverse array of painted media, layered with psychological subtext and graphic intervention.
A horribly scarred woman has a vision of the afterlife in which she is visited by her dead mother, and then returns to life with a new sense of purpose. A personal tale of love, familial duty, and self-discovery, elegantly told through the masks and metaphors of the Japanese Ghost Story.

Kabuki: Skin Deep: 1, 2 (Alex Ross-cover), 2 (Mack-cover), 3
A woman whose face is horribly scarred finds herself in an institution for defective government agents. She (Kabuki) is interrogated to find out if she is hiding something to do with the nature of her scars, or if she is simply crazy. Isolated and psychologically tormented, Kabuki's only friend is found in a mystery woman who sends her handwritten notes folded into origami animals.
The storyline now sees Kabuki an inmate/patient of Control Corp., an organization dealing with operatives from a multitude of agencies who are perceived to have had "breakdowns". This storyline is where Mack really shows his storytelling skills, as the story takes on another dimension in the form of deeply psychological mind games as the Control Corp. try to "reprogram" Kabuki, and one of her fellow inmates tries to help to retain her sanity. Meanwhile the Noh want Kabuki dead, and have infiltrated the asylum.

Kabuki Metamorphisis: 1 (variant), 1 (signed by Mack) , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
Can Kabuki escape her captors before her former comrades track her down to silence her? A very personal metaphorical tale of self actualization told in a diverse array of art medium, breathtaking paintings, and poetic first person narrative layered in subtext and Japanese culture. Uncover the nature of identity, quantum physics, time, and the meaning of life!

Kabuki Agents: Scarab: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 (revealing the identity of the dead Noh-agent from the Metamorphisis-story).
Focuses on Scarab's entrance into the Noh agency as well as her present status as a Noh operative and her relationship with Tiger Lily. The story crosses over into the current Kabuki series and guest stars Kabuki.
Growing up in the subcultures of urban Japan, a young woman journeys through the underworlds of organized crime, secret societies, government operatives, awkward friendships, and young romance.
A mix of crime fiction and personal duality elegantly told through the masks and metaphors of Japanese mythology and pop culture.

Kabuki: The Alchemy: 1, 2, 3, 4

Kabuki: Reflections: 1
Reflections #1 is the first in a series of books that presents more personal Kabuki art and stories. This prestige format square bound book also includes a whole section of never before seen Kabuki paintings, a section of photographs of live models shot for Kabuki paintings, live figure drawings, the making of the Kabuki cover collaboration with Alex Ross and photos of the model, a section of Mack's comic work for Japanese comics and CD cover work for Japanese record labels, and a section of painted covers and pinups for other comics such as Strangers in Paradise.
Kabuki: Reflections: 2
Includes never-before-seen Kabuki paintings and sketches, a section focusing on photographs shot with live models for Kabuki paintings, live figure drawings, the making of the Kabuki cover collaboration with Alex Ross featuring photos and sketches of the model, plus notes from David Mack's personal sketchbooks.
Kabuki: Reflections: 3
A collection of sketches, paintings, photos & notes by David Mack about various projects he's worked on and will be working on. This issue included a lot of material on "development" of projects - DD and others. Included are preliminary sketches & layouts, finished drawings, and final painted works. DD work shown at various stages: page from DD #1/2, cover of DD#9, cover of DD#11, and page layouts/scribbles for all of issue #9.

Kabuki pinup gallery

Kabuki Color Special online - Read the short painted story here.

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