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  • Art Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 184
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0201-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Demon Hunter Vol. #01

By Mike Dungan     September 01, 2004
Release Date: October 23, 2004


Demon Hunter Vol.#01
© ADV Manga


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Seiuchiroh Todono
Translated by:Madoka Moroe
Adapted by:

What They Say
Beneath the eternal glare of that golden moon, the crown sheds light on the collapse of order, rays of Purification, the hellfire of atonement. Wings beat the sound of devastation, the peal of summons, joyous song of praise. This sin called life, this scar called life. The hymn that must be offered up to the dead. Daemon Hunters.

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The book opens with a mostly incomprehesible chapter of backstory in an attempt to set the stage for our hero, Michael. Michael is one of four angels born on Earth. Their births have been manipulated by Lucifer to bring about a world of his making. Michael's birth, however, doesn't go as planned, and he is raised outside of Lucifer's influence by the Giant Hill clan. As a result, he is now a daemon hunter, travelling the world, much like Hercules in the tv series, fighting the bad guys and preparing for the inevitable battles with the other three angels. Michael travels with two companions, a beautiful young female doctor named Maggie, and Ruka, a smart-mouthed little annoyance of a girl whose only job appears to be getting in the way. First, we see Michael fighting a druid gone mad with grief, then in the next chapter, the group is joined by Uriel, a female warrior with whom Michael has some history, not all of it good. They decided to travel to the city to fight the bad guys running things there, before the city gates are closed to outsiders completely.

Comments
As this is an uncorrected galley proof, I can't comment on the quality of the art reproduction or cover, as they haven't been finalised yet. I can comment on the content of the story, and the original art, though. Daemon Hunters is, in a word, awful. The writing is melodramatic in the extreme. The purple prose that makes up the "what they say" section of this review is a prime example. Oddly, it appears on the back cover, front cover, and on two seperate splash pages in the front of the book. Almost the first half of the book is made up of backstory which totally fails to involve the reader or make them care about Michael and his companions when they finally do show up. Michael is boring, being nothing new. He's just another big guy who doesn't speak much, fighting the bad guys. Maggie is pretty, but there is no effort made to flesh her character out. Ruka may be the comical sidekick, but she only comes across as annoying, not funny. The art is a little better, but still only workmanlike and not very involving. The character designs are competent, but for some reason, Maggie and Ruka wear modern looking clothing, even though the setting is medieval. One can only guess Todono threw it in because he thought it looked good, regardless of whether it was appropriate to the story or not. Actually, the whole story feels that way, as if Todono threw everything he had into it, coherence be damned. Fans of horror and fantasy can find much better out there. I strongly advise giving this one a miss.

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