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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-21-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Black Sun, Silver Moon

Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     September 05, 2007

Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol.#02
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tomo Maeda
Translated by:Christine Schilling
Adapted by:Mallory Reaves

What They Say
Despite Taki's best efforts, the darkness within Shikimi grow stronger with each passing day. Now, with a duty-bound demon hunter obsessed with destroying Shikimi and an old friend pushing him towards the tempting darkness, can Taki keep his promise to save the priest - or his promise to kill him?

The Review
Taki and Shikimi have settled into a routine of sorts - Taki working like a slave by day and killing zombies by night, Shikimi lording over him in his own unique way. But beyond that, Taki is no closer to figuring out Shikimi. But their routine doesn't stay constant for long as Laz, a girlish looking demon slayer out to kill Shikimi, arrives on the scene. But he gets hurt in the confusion, and ends up staying at the church with Taki looking after him. Laz reveals a bit of Shikimi's past to Taki, but when Taki defends Shikimi, a physical confrontation with Laz ensues. When Shikimi steps in to put a stop to it, the dynamic between the three gets even stranger.

Before things can even settle from the newest resident to the church, Grey makes his appearance. He has some connection with Shikimi's past, and to add to the complications, he's something other than human as well. His mere presence disturbs Taki, and forces him to face some of the realities of the relationship he has with Shikimi, and the promise he made. Grey also forces Shikimi to examine his own changes more closely, although Grey's motives in all this aren't clear in the least. Shikimi, unable to handle Taki's presence anymore, sends Taki home for good. This forces Taki to examine his own motives and reasons for staying at the church, and with Shikimi.

With the introduction of two new characters, the story takes some unexpected turns in this volume that reveal unexpected aspects of the two main characters, especially Shikimi, as circumstances force him to reveal the depth of his insecurities and fears that he usually keeps hidden behind his unfeeling facade. Mixed in with the drama is plenty of humor, and more teasing hints of Shikimi's past. Even as portions are revealed, more questions are raised, keeping the reader strongly hooked. I can't wait to find out where this is going to lead, which is always a good sign of things to come.


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