Black God Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, March 14, 2008
Release Date: Thursday, February 28, 2008
Writer/Artist:Dall-Young Lim / Sung-Woo Park
Translated by:Christine Schilling
What They Say
With Kuro tagging along just about everywhere, videogame programmer Keita struggles to get back to his normal life. But when another human-mototsumitama pair comes looking for a fight - one with Keita's childhood friend, Akane, as the prize - it's clear that our reluctant hero's got a long way to go to get back to anything resembling normalcy.
Yen Press got the second volume of Black God on the streets right when they said they would, so I am happy. Couple that with great art, an interesting story, character development, and believable characters and we have a great start to a series. Especially when the main protagonist, Keita, acts very much like a normal person would in his situation. He's quick to lash out angrily when things go wrong, he's obsessed with furthering his career, and yet deep down he really is a nice guy. Whenever things get serious, he always drops his attitude and does everything in his power to protect the ones close to him.
This volume quickly introduces another Mototsumitama, Mikami. She may be the same type of being as Kuro, but Mikami is completely different. Mature, intelligent, smug, and super sexy, Mikami uses her powers for rather nefarious deeds (murder, theft, kidnapping). She could care less about the battles between the Mototsumitama and Shishigami. Mikami lives her own life, by her own rules. It is merely a chance encounter when Kuro and Mikami initially meet, however their subsequent meetings result from Mikami's 'job'.
The strange Doppleliner in the background of this series has hired Mikami to kidnap Akane. This is seriously bad news since she could only desire Akane's death. Remember, of an initial three individuals, the last remaining Doppleliner gains supernatural powers when the other two die. Needless to say, Mikami has a desperate need for money, so her friendship with Kuro won't last long when push comes to shove over Akane's well-being. Mikami is an impressive character as this volume introduces her as neutral, quickly shows her to have a mean-streak, and then opens all her personal fears and desires in the matter of a single volume. Add to that an epic battle with Kuro and Keita that sprawls across four chapters, and this volume has it all. Character development a plenty, great art, impressive and well illustrated battles, and the humorous banter between Kuro and Keita. With two volumes down, I feel comfortable recommending this series to anyone that enjoys a good adventure story.
Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: A-
Age Rating: 15 & Up
Released By: Yen Press
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Black God