Posts Tagged ‘Manga’

Review: Blood Blockade Battlefront # 1

Friday, April 13th, 2012


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*Dark Horse Comics has unveiled an exciting new Manga series, Blood Blockade Battlefront by Yasuhiro Nightow. So far there’s only two editions, and already The Crowgrrl is hooked! Solid and thrilling storylines are told against a backdrop of great artwork.

The tale is set in the city of Jerusalem’s Lot, where monstrosities walk the street alongside humans. The city, you see, is where our world intersects with The Beyond.

Set in the future, Jerusalem’s Lot came to be after the Fall of New York. In a flashback scene within the story, we see how a mystic portal was opened in the Big Apple during a dense fog, and chaos erupted. The city was destroyed within hours, and the world never recovered.

However, a secret society works to maintain Balance and Order. Called Libra, this society consists of superumans who work in the Shadows.

In Volume 1 – “Secret Society in the Sealed City of Magic” – teenager Johnny Landis moves into the city, and within three weeks catches the attention of Libra member and all-around bad-ass Zap Renfro, who recruits Johnny into the society. Johnny has the gift of Sight, and sees supernatural things and beings that others can’t. Johnny changes his name to Leonard Watch, or Leo for short.

A bank robber is being shepherded into a police van, and he resists using sorcery. He conjures a many-eyed entity known as Fempt, the King of Depravity. Fempt, in turn, conjures a half-demon which is unleashed at random times and places throughout the city, killing and maiming scores of innocent people every time it appears.

It’s up to Libra to predict where it will appear next and how to stop it.

Fantastic gripping story! The Crowgrrl highly recommends it.

Vampire Hunter D 17: Tyrant’s Stars

Sunday, January 8th, 2012


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*The Crowgrrl has long been a fan of Vampire Hunter D – the novels, anime, manga, and collectibles – ever since the franchise has hit American shores. So I couldn’t get my hands on Hideyuki Kikuchi’s latest installment, Vampire Hunter D 17: Tyrant’s Stars fast enough. As usual, I was NOT disappointed.

For newcomers to the franchise, Vampire Hunter D is set in the far distant future, in a landscape totally foreign to our present day. The post-apocalyptic world is filled with strange, mutant monsters, and humans are existing in cities or on the dangerous frontier with technology supplied by their new Overlords. The Nobility. Vampires.

The mysterious traveler D is the only hope humans have of not succumbing to the oftentimes cruel whims of the Nobility. His strength and abilities are legendary, and mere mention of him does indeed strike fear in the hearts of both the Nobility, and humans who prey on others as well. Described as having an unearthly beauty, D is always clad in black with a traveler’s hat that has a key to the Nobility’s technology. D also has two other secrets – a “carbuncle” entity dwelling in his left hand, and the fact that he is not human nor Vampire, but a Dhampir – a child of both mortal and immortal.

In this volume, D has been hired to protect the Dyalhis children, Sue and Matt, by their mother. The children are the targets of renegade and very powerful Vampire, Grand Duke Valcua, who is seeking revenge after his exile to outer space by one of the children’s ancestors.

This interstellar evil entity was brought back to Earth by the Ultimate Noble thousands of years after his exile, and given his own barren wasteland to rule. Valcua also has possession of a mystic sword that can cut through the very fabric of Time and Space making him a formidable enemy indeed. And he will rest at nothing until he’s exacted revenge on the Dyalhis children. He’s joined by two of his minions: Kima, a giant with the ability to teleport, and another Noble, Diva Callas.

The “Children” are actually teenagers, and pose their own problems in D’s quest to protect them. First, Matt has an incestuous fascination with his sister, and does indeed attack her on one occasion. Sue attempts to kill her brother in both rage and self-defense. And later, Matt is possessed by Valcua, who uses him like a marionette for his own whims – mainly with the goal of the teen coming straight to him with his sister in tow.

D is joined by an unlikely ally, though – another noble, Count Braujou who has his own score to settle with Valcua.

Without giving too much more away, I can assure you this is filled with intrigue, plenty of plot twists, and lots of action. And a shocking, adrenaline-rich climax you’ll just have to read for yourself.

The author is going to be hard-pressed to top this storyline in future installments. Excellent book – The Crowgrrl highly recommends it!

Best Of 2011 – Books & Graphic Novels

Monday, January 2nd, 2012


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Release date November 9, 2010.

The Crowgrrl’s Best Of 2011 – Books & Graphic Novels

1. I Slept With Joey Ramone – Mickey Leigh – Touchstone
2. Vampire Hunter D # 17: Tyrant’s Stars – Hideyuki Kikuchi – Dark Horse
3. The Pumpkin Man – John Everson – Dorchester
4. Bloodline – Mark Billingham – Mulholland Books
5. Supernatural Noir – Various – Dark Horse
6. Hidden Lyrics of the Left Hand – Glenn Danzig & Simon Bisley – Verotik
7. Werewolves: The Occult Truth – Konstantinos – Llewellyn
8. The Molting: Mother’s Day – Terrance Zdunich – Zydrate Productions
9. Thor Goes Hollywood – Various – Marvel Comics
10. Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol. 1 – Yasuhiro Nightow – Dark Horse