Friday, May 23, 2008

The Reformed, vol. 1

Story by Christopher Hart with art by Anzu
Published by Del Rey Manga

Slugline: A vampire looking for redemption? What would surprise me is a vampire that thinks redemption is for sissies.

Giancarlo is a vampire that is hunting in the city, but comes across a woman Jenny with whom he immediately bonds (and doesn't take a drink from.) Jenny is taken by him also and gives up her previous occupation but realizes that Giancarlo is a complicated man, but not a vampire. Another vampire shows up to make Giancarlo's life difficult and attracts the attention of police detective. I am not sure if Giancarlo and Jenny really have a romance, but the book is about how they deal with their attraction for each other and how Giancarlo uses that attraction to escape his vampiric past and apparent destiny.

Some interesting bits character-wise, mostly around Jenny. Rather than with a wink and nod that Jenny is walking the streets for completely pure of heart reasons, it is admitted that she was walking the streets, though admittedly not for very long. And the end of the volume was actually a shocker, though considering her profession it doesn't seem very logical. But those interesting character bits have to compensate for a fairly standard plot and a lot of details that it is just assumed that the characters will know or accept. So that the flow of story doesn't feel smooth, with short sharp little bumps on the way. And yes, this is an OEL, Christopher Hart is known for doing a series of learning how to draw books.

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


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