Reformed Vol. #01 -

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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 166
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-49663-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right
  • Series: Faust Anthology

Reformed Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     June 11, 2008
Release Date: May 27, 2008

Reformed Vol.#01
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Christopher Hart / Anzu
Translated by:N/A
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
Vampire Giancarlo's existence has been defined solely by an endless thirst for the blood innocent victims. But Jenny won't be one of them. Something about her stirs Giancarlo to deny his nature and fight to be mortal again. But he is a marked man. Ghoulish murders plaguing the city have made him the target of a relentless homicide cop. And a far more dangerous enemy - one of unspeakable brutality and bloodlust - hovers even closer.

The Review
Giancarlo is an immortal vampire who drinks the blood of the living to feed that immortality. Prostitutes are his preferred prey, but something about Jenny arrests him, and instead of feeding on her he takes her to dinner, then home. Before realizing it, he's completely captivated by her and makes the difficult decision to give up on his immortality, turn his back on his comrades, and live as a mortal with Jenny by his side.

This isn't going to be easy, though. Even though Giancarlo has stopped drinking blood, the so-called Vampire Killings have continued, and Detective Frost is determined to find the culprit, even in the face of supervisory disapproval. Giancarlo's dark cohorts are unwilling to let him go, and Jenny is likely unable to accept all of Giancarlo's secrets. With so many forces working against him, the peaceful and quiet life with the girl he loves that Giancarlo is hoping for might be out of his reach.

As one of Del Rey's first forays into OEL manga, this is an impressive entry. The art is stunning - Anzu has a distinctive style that's simply stunning, full of rich detail and a sophisticated artistic sensibility that I adore. If I had one complaint it would be that the book is a little dark - fitting for the subject matter and in general, but so much screentone and shading made some of the printing look muddy even when it wasn't. More use of negative space might have balanced it out a bit. But, really, that's just me looking for a nitpick - the art is fabulous.

The story itself is very well executed, and I love how much of it is portrayed in the artwork, rather than just the text. It's the sort of book that demands a lot of attention, and really rewards careful reading. It isn't flawless - some parts felt rushed, and other story elements were maybe a little too subtle. But overall this is a fantastic read, sure to appeal to vampire fans and fans of gothic horror in general.

While this reads as a standalone book (something I appreciate given the historically long waits between OEL books), Dallas Middaugh has commented that this is supposed to be a continuing series, although there's no date as of yet for the second volume. It's one I'm looking forward to.


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