Akaneiro #1
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Akaneiro #1

Writer: Justin Aclin Artist: Vasilis Lolos Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 22, 2013 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
7.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

From the brilliant imagination of video game auteur American McGee comes a dazzling reenvisioning of Red Riding Hood set in the wondrous world of Japanese folklore! Justin Aclin and Vasilis Lolos take Kani a young woman torn between two cultures on an epic adventure battling devious yokai for the fate of her world!

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado May 22, 2013

    There's still many miles to go before we see if Dark Horse can fully deliver on the promise of this launch, but as long as they keep story first and the tie-in second, I think they'll be okay. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris May 28, 2013

    Akaneiro is a great first issue for this female-driven series, flaunting both beautiful artwork and solid storytelling. I'm not sure how it stacks up against the game, but there is no doubt that is a lot to appreciate here. My only concern is that, as a three-issue miniseries, will it be able to keep up with the high-bar now set for the rest of the series? The possibilities for the story seem far too vast for a mere three-issue run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Brendan Harvey May 22, 2013

    The art is also fantastic. Original characters pop from the page with rich, beautiful colors throughout. The action scenes are strong and swift and the individuals are all well defined and very well drawn. I adore the Feudalist style mixed with elements of manga. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 23, 2013

    Akaneiro encourages us to go an play the American McGee game, and in that sense it has achieved its primary goal. Yet it does so because it creates such a rich and inviting world that one can't help but wanting to explore it in more depth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - GreenBastard May 23, 2013

    This book is definitely one to grab if youre into an Americanized anime. It has a Ronin like feel to the art with a twisted take on a classic fairy tale. Hopefully we will see just how sharp grandmas teeth truly are in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Al Sparrow Jun 8, 2013

    Lolos artwork grabbed me from the first look mainly because it doesnt look like everything else out there right now. Hard-edged, thick linework and a very rough detail convey as much about what these people go through in their daily lives as Justin Aclins words. This book will hopefully surprise you as much as it did me. Im very much looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Jeremy Whitley May 18, 2013

    So, as with many first issues, some amount of judgement needs to be reserved for the future. However, after needing to hang in there for some of the world building early on, I found that this book offers some real promise for the future issues. If the game is anywhere near as cool and stylish as the comic, you may find me on the servers of Spicy Horse soon! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz May 21, 2013

    Akaneiro #1 won't be a comic for everyone, but it surely has a lot of merit. Whether or not it is serving its purpose toward the story in the game or not is up to those who have played it (this reviewer has not.) Take it for what it is, an extension of the game but its own story. It is a very interesting concept and is a good read for anyone interested in Japanese folklore or interesting takes on well know fairy tales. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Florida Geek Scene - IHAVEYOURSHIT May 22, 2013

    On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the belle of the ball and all that shit, id give it a 6. Yeah, its better than I expected, but not enough for me to hand over cash for it or force someone into reading it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Connor Russell May 23, 2013

    While I wasn't overly impressed with the book as a whole, I can say that it has me in enough that I want to see where they will go with it. Maybe only read this book if you are bored and don't have a great load of anything to do, because in my opinion you aren't missing out on much. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson May 21, 2013

    I'm going to say something nice about Akaneiro #1 to start off with -- great cover! Seriously, that's a pretty cool cover. Well done, Shu Yan! And " that's about all the good things I can say about this comic. The rest of it is poorly written, poorly drawn, poorly researched (and there saying "poorly" is giving it too much credit), poorly paced, poorly" wait, now that I look at it again, the coloring and lettering is pretty nice too. No troubles there. It's just everything else. Read Full Review

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