Ito's artwork instantly invites comparison to manga horror master Kazuo Umezu, and with little surprise. One of his first stories won a magazine's Kazuo Umezu award (Umezu himself was one of the judges). As I'm devouring not only Uzumaki but also Ito's Museum of Horror series (featuring his equally popular Tomie stories), I find it fun to compare it to the Umezu books I currently own (the Scary Book series as well as the ongoing publication of his classic The Drifting Classroom. ) They have very similar styles, and it's easy to see Umezu's influence on Ito's work. I would put it to any fan of this series to check out some of Umezu's work, if you haven't already. And be prepared to lose a lot of sleep…a lot of sleep. Read Full Review
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