Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Dark Goodbye, v. 1

Written by Frank Marraffino, Art by Drew Rausch
Published by Tokyopop

Slugline: Noir vehicle takes a right on Lovecraft Ave and hits the gas hard so as to fly over the potholes.

This is a really mixed bag, for me, so I will just list pros and cons.

Pros: It's darn hard to find good Lovecraftian horror, and this is pretty good. The art fits perfectly with the mood. Lots of fast-moving action and flying body parts. The ancient noir stereotypes fit in well, too. And did I mention how hard it is to find decent Lovecraft?

Cons: The speed of the action hides some real plot holes. This is a manga, guys, you can slow down a bit and fill in those holes, don't be shy. And endings are always a problem in Lovecraftian stories, because chanting in made-up languages just doesn't have the impact you need to make a big finish.

So it's enjoyable if you don't pay too much attention to how we got from A to B, and if you know how to pronounce apostrophies. (F'tgh! F'tgh! W'TF?) And I very much hope to see a volume 2 where the writer isn't in such a hurry.

The Dark Goodbye vol. 1 is available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Miranda

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