Le Chevalier D'Eon Vol. #05 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Alexander
Review Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Focusing on the mysticism behind tarot cards, both the art and the way tarot mixes into this volume make for a visually appealing smart story.

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tow Ubukata and Kiriko Yumeji
Translated by:Ikoi Hiroe
Adapted by:Ikoi Hiroe

What They Say
In a Paris haunted by the specter of revolution, only the Chevalier d'Eon stands ready to safeguard the peace. The threat: a strange cult armed with deadly black magic. D 'Eon must face another killer cult member, but this time, the enemy is not alone. He commands an army of demonic rats - the most terrifying foe the Chevalier has ever faced!

The Review
Roble has finally reached the end of his patience for D’Eon and Lia and their continued interference.  Deciding to end his problem, Roble gathers his strongest poets and sends them after the siblings.  First to track D’Eon down is Maspero, a sixth level Poet equal in rank to Lia.  Maspero sends his freaky rat daemon minions to soften up the enemy before he arrives.

The curious man claiming to be Comte De Saint-Germain is still in prison.  He could easily break out, but instead chooses a more subtle method of escape.  Sending a moth and wasp off into the distance effectively splits himself in three.  The moth flies to Lady Pompadour before transforming into Saint-Germain.  Seems normal enough, meeting with her has been his claimed reason for being in town.  However, the strange part is whom his wasp seeks to meet.  Appearing before the surviving Poet Twin, Emma, Saint-Germain throws the whole story on its ear.  With amazing power, he banishes Roble and offers Emma a daemon to use as she wishes.  Now I am thoroughly confused by Saint-Germain’s character.  He has proved to be much more than he seemed and I look forward to watching him work both sides of the fence.

If it were not for the depth to Ubukata’s storytelling, this series would have quickly dissolved into a monster of the week tale.  However, the author’s penchant for historical characters and in this volume, use of tarot cards is impressive, especially since they are the method for leading D’Eon to the answers he seeks.  Four tarot cards are all the clues D’Eon has.  Before he can decipher the meaning behind the cards, Maspero’s acid wielding rat daemons attack D’Eon and D’Alembert.  This quickly becomes a losing battle.  How can one hope to fight against acid when it can burn through your weapons?  How will D’Eon ever change into Lia after the rats destroyed the Blade of Thoth and Lia’s dress?  Perhaps D’Eon’s ultimate sacrifice is all that can save him and D’Alembert.

Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-0-345-50581-1
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Le Chevalier D'Eon