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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-59116-977-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Cain Saga Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     May 09, 2007
Release Date: December 05, 2006

Cain Saga Vol.#02
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kaori Yuki
Translated by:Akira Watanabe
Adapted by:

What They Say
From the moment Cain's stepsister Mary Weather joins the cast in "The Hanged Man," you'll be lost again in the twisting catacombs of the Hargreaves family history where you'll uncover the secret of Cain's mysterious lineage... But is it really the truth or just another false turn on the way out of Kaori Yuki's dark labyrinth?

The Review
Just like the first volume, this volume contains five stories of tragedy and horror, linked by the presense of Earl Cain Hargreaves. The Hanged Man reveals the connection between young Mary Weather and Cain himself. Mary is making a living telling fortunes on the street, while looking to avenge the death of her mother. She blames Cain and the entire Hargreaves Family, but the truth ends up being even stranger.

The Sound of a Boy Hatching is possibly the most dificult story in this volume. It deals with Cain's tragic past - the mother who tried to kill him, the father who hated him and made his life hell, and the horrible truth about his birth. This story introduces Riffael as a young man, who is brought into the household to take care of Cain, and ends up caring for the hurt and damaged young man, who is treated like a ghost in his own house. As Cain discovers the truth about past events, a present tragedy plays out that results in two deaths.

The last three stories are loosely linked by Mother Goose rhymes of the gruesome sort. In Who Killed Cock Robin? Cain is visiting his friend Professor Lambert, but discovers the body of a young girl on the way. Several other children are killed in manners that reflect the titular rhyme, and Cain eventually gets to the bottom of the mystery - but not without extracting his own brand of revenge. The Tragic Tale of Ms. Pudding involves a happily married young couple that is dragged into a gruesome killing spree and find themselves unable to escape the tragedies of the past. Finally, The Twisted Fairytale is a story about greed and love, both gone horribly wrong.

On the whole, this volume is much more consistent than the first, and has a better sense of connectedness that makes it work much better as a whole. It's still full of unrelenting tragedy, though, so if you're looking for a happy story you won't find one here. While her art is still much less refined than her later work in Angel Sanctuary, Kaori Yuki's work is full of sometimes beautiful and sometimes gruesome detail. If I had to sum this story up in just a few words, it would have to be considered an opus of the macabre. If you were hesitant to pick this one up after reading the first, you might find yourself pleasantly suprised.


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