Monday, April 16, 2007

Manga Monday 30

Welcome to Manga Monday! This week, reviews of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and Dragon Head!

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Volume 2)
Eiji Otsuka & Housui Yamazaki

The second installment of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service continues to follow a group of five (or perhaps six) individuals who collectively work to grant restless spirits their last wishes through their respective gifts, taking on these spirits as clients who are often able to pay through some means to make their interest worthwhile. This volume of the book is a little different than that of the first, with a story covering the entire book instead of working through self-contained chapters. As it is a single story, the focus falls on certain characters, while others are absent through nearly the entire story. But even if a favorite isn't highlighted this time around, this is an incredibly compelling story that really delves into the motivation of Ao Sasaki, the "leader" of the group if there is one. Yuji Yata, probably the most mysterious of the bunch also takes center stage as his and Sasaki's interests both lead them to Nire, a company that helps those left behind by the dead to move on. But, of course, something sinister is brewing at Nire that involves a girl - Mutsumi Nire - who is able to reanimate the dead. This volume takes the basic concept and characters from the first book and pretty much takes them to the next level. This really is an exciting, fresh book with some of the best art in manga presently. A

Dragon Head (Volume 6)
Minetaro Mochizuki

And if you thought that the last volume of Dragon Head left off at a painfully suspenseful point, just wait until you get to the end of this volume. I think that this series turned into a stand-out with volume five and it just keeps running with it as the action takes readers from cover to cover without much of a break from the thrills. Brutal chase scenes and madmen court Ako and Nimura as they try to track down much-needed medicine for Teru in the eerie setting of an empty, ravaged town. There are some beautiful, beautiful gory panels in this installment. A+

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