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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 9781593077549
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Faust Anthology

Chunchu: Genocide Fiend Vol. #02

By Ron Quezon     October 25, 2008
Release Date: October 17, 2007

Chunchu Vol. #02
© Dark Horse

A ferocious battle at the cemetery gives the Mirmidons even more cause to hate Chunchu and for Chunchu to hate himself.

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: Kim Sung Jae and Kim Byung Jin
Translated by: Jay So
Adapted by: Jay So

What They Say
Life is hard for Chunchu. First his twin brother betrays him within hours of leaving the womb, then his parents disown him and send him off to live with a warrior tribe and almost certain subsequent death. Growing up an outcast, even members of his tribe and fellow warriors hate him and blame him for any and every death of a loved one. All of this because he's supposedly "the son of a demon." Sheesh. Kid can't get a break nowadays. Or then-adays. Whenever "then" is in the frantic and cool fantasy world of Chunchu: The Genocide Fiend.

The Review
It isn't easy being Chunchu. Every time a member of the Mirmidons falls in battle, the entire clan blames him for the death. And Chunchu can't even visit his adoptive father's grave without being beset by hordes of bounty hunters sent by his evil twin brother. Forced to fight so often and so desperately, it is almost inevitable that an innocent would get caught in the crossfire. And when that person ends up being one of the Mirmidon children, Chunchu is disconsolate.

Whereas in Volume 1 we get to see Chunchu fight in battlefield situations, in Volume 2 we see him face off against assassins with specialized techniques and weapons. The main pair sent to take him down is as bizarre as their fighting styles, and it's a bit like watching an episode of Naruto. However, in the midst of the fighting and when it comes to its tragic conclusion, the emotional burden carried by Chunchu is emphasized and reemphasized.

As Chunchu suffers from his mental demons and the one embedded on his chest, we get more glimpses of the world of his emperor brother. The Yeman Empire is complex politically, and a number of additional clans get thrown into the plot. How the entire system works is not very clear, but you do get the sense that although Woolpaso has made it to the top of the Empire, his life isn't completely rosy, and he also has forces (other than the demonic one within him) that he must contend with.

This volume does not provide much in terms of extras aside from ads and splash page art.


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