Sho Murase's manga as usual is the exception proving the rule. At least my rule. I hate manga and anime. While I've in the past commented on Jose Guzman's sense of color, such commentary could be interpreted as a mask. Perhaps the vivid coloring augments Murase's artwork. Perhaps this is why I can't see the manga tropes in the design. This issue Guzman settles on a few colors, and while still not drab, the reduction of variety allows the reader to further appreciate Murase's command of illustration. She plies a fight scene with precision. The everyday actions of the characters look natural instead of stiff, and while manga isn't renowned for a gamut of expression, Murase makes the most of the simplistic models integral to the genre. This is especially true of the dramatic, emotional cliffhanger. Read Full Review
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