Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Poison Candy, v.1

by David Hine, art by Hans Steinbach
Published by Tokyopop

Slugline: How can it get worse than finding out you have a fatal cancer that gives you super powers? Well...

I wanted to see what this artist did after Midnight Opera, and here it is -- overcaffeinated and raw. I mean that as a compliment. And finally, a manga by a comics writer that I can give an unreserved thumbs-up to.

Sam's rock-star dreams get sidetracked by the SKAR virus -- seriously sidetracked. Volume 1 is a prologue, and if the action sequences and the time spent on even throwaway characters are any indication, this could be a fun ride. Sam spent a century in deep freeze waiting for a cure, and how he's healed, mutant-powered and freshly traumatized by realizing that he has nobody left now. What happens next is very much up in the air.

I hope to catch volume 2 when it comes out. Hopefully, in less than a hundred years.

Poison Candy, v.1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Miranda