ES ~Eternal Sabbath~ Vol. #04 (

By:Jarred Pine
Review Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Release Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Fuyumi Soryo
Translated by:Ikoi Hiroe
Adapted by:Ikoi Hiroe

What They Say
Isaac and Shuro are the products of a monstrous genetic-engineering experiment. Dr. Mine Kujyou, a scientist researching this dangerous subject, knows that they were created with the superhuman ability to control people's minds, and that Isaac has been using his powers to commit a series of strange and brutal murders. But the brilliant doctor's analytical skills are truly being tested, for Mine cannot understand why Shuro, Isaac's clone, has promised to help her save humankind from Isaac. All she knows is that Shuro's anger is pushing him towards a showdown with Isaac that only one of them can survive.

The Review
Fuyumi Soryo is at her best in ES when she is exploring the relationships between characters and their surroundings. Shuro and Isaac, test-tube experiments, were deprived of everything a normal human child experiences while growing and maturing. A child deprived of love cannot return those same emotions to others. In this fourth volume, Dr. Kujyou dives into Shuro?s mind and we learn what really happened at the horrible lab incident that freed Shuro and Isaac, and their relationship with each other.

The first half of this volume is almost perfectly executed if you love the dialog driven explorations of the relationships between all the characters, which offer a springboard for discussions about how humanity is molded by their environment. If you are waiting for Isaac to enact further horror and destruction, then you?ll get yours in the second half. For me, Isaac?s killings are nothing more than devices to progress an actual plot, but it?s the rich and meaningful conversations between Shuro and Kujyou, Kujyou and the detective, Shuro and Isaac, that are the real selling point of this title.

There were a couple spots where print reproduction got a little muddy, and a couple translation points didn?t sit well with me (?flash bubble memory???), but overall this is a package that is still very much worth your money--240 pages of quality content that blows most $10/192 page books out of the water.

Mania Grade: A-
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: A-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 10.95
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0-345-49191-2
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left