Peigenz Vol. #04 -

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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Infinity Studios LLC
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 164
  • ISBN: 1-58899-020-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Peigenz Vol. #04

By Eduardo M. Chavez     February 21, 2005
Release Date: February 01, 2005

Peigenz Vol.#04
© Infinity Studios LLC

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Park Sung Woo/Oh Rhe Bar Guhn
Translated by:Je-wa Jeong
Adapted by:

What They Say
Pairon's childhood friend, Michelle, has turned into a monster and is on the rampage. The only thing between the monster and the innocent civilians of N.O.A. City are the Peigenz agents who are already on the scene. Being faced with having to stop or even kill his childhood friend, what will Pairon do? And how will he get Michelle to tell him about his brother now? At all costs, Jay, Pairon, Lieman and Finder must take control of the situation before disaster occurs!

The Review
The packaging for this series is pretty simple but still nice. ComicsOne and Infinity Studios present this in a B6, in left-to-right format. The front cover features Pairon with Michelle looming ominously in the background. Cool cover and definitely fitting for the content inside. Any who, they have changed the cover design from the yellow border used for the first three volumes, to a purple background, which was used for the original Korean cover (so I am not complaining). The opposite cover has a random image of a super-deformed character, lord knows whom, giving the peace sign. Very strange.

I have seen three different logos for this title around the net. The first is in Korean, while the other two were in English. One has the title spelled "Pagans" in what appears to be cutout lettering, the other, which is on this cover, is spelled Peigenz in verdana font. Really simple but I guess the weird spelling makes it cool. The printing is not great. Most of it is very clean, but toward the end of my copy most of the pages are over-printed (there is a faint shadow, as if it was printed twice).

This volume has a free talk introducing the new writer, Oh Rhe Bar Guhn. It also has a ton of ads: Imperfect Hero, Dark Edge, High School Girls, Infinite Ryvius, Adrenalin, and the first announcement of a new manhwa called This Must Be Love.

I love Park-sensei's art. Long sharp lines with sometimes have a slightly sketchy feel. Park tends to keep main characters simple, no striking features or intricate costumes. While Park's supporting cast will often have great detail in their facial expressions and physical characteristics. Park also does a good job transitioning characters to SD. The characters keep a general look while their faces mainly bug out into cute or funny expressions. The fan service keeps on takes a break this volume... However, Park still kept the mandatory random shirt explosion for you fan boys out there.

I noted in the review for the first volume how poor Park is at times with backgrounds. I noticed that towards the end of this volume Park begins to use digital images for background art. They look funny with the hand-drawn characters in front of them but they definitely fill a job that was missing. After seeing this in its early stages I wonder how much Park will use this and how the art overall will improve (if at all) with this technique. The layout on the other hand is fancy and keeps up the action very well.

The translation reads much better than the first volume. Issues with typos and syntax that ComicsOne is infamous for are gone. I hope they keep that up.

SFX are really nice. SFX are subbed with translations that are smaller than the original to preserve Park's nice art. With all of the action in this series, seeing small subs is a perfect way to keep readers into the art and not frustrated by clutter.

Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The members of Peigenz have found out what they have been sent to protect is, but at what cost. What was a mission to guard an ancient artifact has now turned into a battle for survival. The Peigenz members and their enemies now have to work together in order to escape.

What if their combine strength is not enough? What happens when and if someone dies? Can they even destroy the person who is now against them? Even the power of a Peigenz has its limits, but this is obviously not the ideal time to find that out.

Okay this volume is a wash. Sorry friends, but there really is not much to say about it, apart from nothing new has been revealed and there were a few instances where this volume did not have more than one dialogue bubble for 10+ pages. Now think about that. This volume checks in at a measly 164 pages long and large chunks of it are simply over stylized action sequences that are basically filler. To be honest, I would not have expected much more as the manga has a new author in this volume and there is always a transition period for circumstances like that. However, this series is now at its halfway point and there still is no sign of where this story is going or why I, as a reader, should care. I love action. I like mutants. I also like to know what is going on and I still have no clue. Just figuring out what to type was a chore, especially when so little happens describing any of it would not just spoil the contents but it would cover the entire book. When will readers be treated to some plot? When will we find out some concrete background? When will the focus move from posturing and corny comical relief characters to some crime-based drama? Who knows! I am at the point where I might not care anymore.


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