Monday, January 15, 2007

Manga Monday 22

It's Manga Monday and today I have three mini-reviews for your viewing enjoyment!

Dragon Head (Volume 5)
Minetaro Mochizuki

This is the best installment of Mochizuki's Dragon Head since its debut. I was getting a tad bored with the series to be honest, so I was really delighted to see it turn that corner and really get me excited again. This is really great survivalist horror that shows the madness left in wake of a disaster of unknown origins. Although this issue does show what occurred above surface through someone's perspective, which was really neat to behold, it didn't go too far into the realm of revealing too much. It's all still very vague and open as to the cause of the world's present state, and the hows and whys of how it got that way. And this is the first time you get those two words whispered: Dragon Head. It was really chilling when those words finally appeared in the book and I'm on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what's ahead. A+

Emma (Volume 2)
Kaoru Mori

The extraordinary housemaid Emma faces more hardship as she tries to have a relationship with a man above her station in life whose father wholly disapproves of their love for each other. But that's not all Emma has on her plate as disaster strikes and upends her world. As with the previous volume, Mori illustrates this book beautifully with great authentic props drawn into the setting from the Victorian Era. B

Monster (Volume 6)
Naoki Urasawa

Dr. Tenma's former lover, Eva Heinneman, is front and center in this new volume of Naoki Urasawa's Monster, and portrays her in a light not seen previously, making for a really interesting chapter in the greater scheme of things. Meanwhile, we also get a good look at Johan, the beautiful monster himself, as Urasawa reveals what he's been up to and traces his latest plot through the eyes of an innocent young man who wants to understand the father who abandoned him. Suspenseful as always. A

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