Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tetragrammaton Labyrinth, v.1

by Ei Itou
Published in the U.S. by Seven Seas

Slugline: Nuns! Demons! Scythes! Gatling guns! And it's yuri!

This has many of the same elements as Chevalier d'Eon -- Christian-based horror, demonic transformations, regenerating heroines, deity-patronized weaponry (but they get the deity right) -- set in Victorian London and presented in a clearer art style. Our two girls, Meg and Angela, are standard-issue tormented killing machines as of v. 1, and while this is part of Seven Seas' Strawberry (yuri) line, there isn't anything particularly romantic or unusual about their relationship. Yet.

I don't see anything particularly unique about this story so far, but the action is well handled and large amounts of blood are dished out via dismemberments, large-bore automatic weapons, and the weaponized farm implement du jour, our magic scythe. The artist is less worried about striking dramatic poses than Chevalier's artist, and more interested in getting to the flying body parts. Other plot elements, all of which we've seen before, serve to get us from Combat A to Combat B. If you're in the market for girls and gore, this is a good pick.

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

- Miranda

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