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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 214
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-765-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: EDEN

EDEN Vol. #07

By Gary Thompson     February 27, 2008
Release Date: May 02, 2007


EDEN Vol.#07
© Dark Horse


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hiroki Endo
Translated by:Kumar Sivasubramanian
Adapted by:

What They Say
Elijah initiates a shaky alliance with the Automater, a half-cyborg female crime boss, in order to glean more information about Pedro, the sadistic gangster who mutilated one of Elijah's friends.

The Review
This is the turning point for Elijah. This is where he becomes a man. Elijah goes to meet with “her” -a now retired mafia queen- so that he can arrange to kill Pedro. In explaining his reasoning to her, and their subsequent discussion, a significant amount of time is spent on explaining just who Pedro is and why he has such an attachment to Manuela. His story is tragic, disgusting, and sentimental all at the same time. It is an absolute testament to the strength of Endo's storytelling abilities that through these flashbacks Pedro becomes an almost sympathetic character. After the intricacies of Pedro's past is explored, Elijah's plan starts to go into effect. Just as with everything else in this manga, the results are complicated, ruthless, and extremely rewarding.

This volume is the volume. For Elijah, this is the volume that gives him meaning. Though I'd rather not make simple comparisons to things, sometimes it just can't be avoided: this is the Godfather volume of Eden. Much like Michael Corleone, Elijah started off as an unwilling member of his family, but as things have grown more personal, he has become more involved. This is the volume where Elijah accepts who he is and takes up the mantle that his father has left him. At the end, he closes the door on his past, proving that he is willing to get his hands dirty and do whatever it takes. There is much in this volume that mirrors those last few scenes of The Godfather, and I don't think that it's too much of a stretch to say that some of them are just as affecting.

With each passing volume, Eden proves that it is less a manga and more an ever-increasing ball of explosive tension. Even though I, personally, am not as much of a fan of the drug lord storyline as I was of some of the earlier story arcs, I would be a fool to even hint that this means that the story is in any way not as good. This story is savage, relentless, and totally intoxicating. No one is ever safe, and no one is spared. This volume epitomizes the moral ambiguity, brutality, and brilliance that makes Eden one of the best manga available.

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