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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-59307-535-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Reiko the Zombie Shop

Reiko the Zombie Shop Vol. #03

By Jarred Pine     August 23, 2006
Release Date: March 08, 2006

Reiko the Zombie Shop Vol.#03
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Rei Mikamoto
Translated by:Michael Gombos
Adapted by:

What They Say
The battle between Reiko and her twin sister, Riruka, who is bent on controlling the world with a slave-army of zombies, reaches a blood-dimmed crescendo. Twins they may be, but there aren't any two people more out for each other's throats than Reiko and Riruka. Only one of the two will be left standing in this ultimate gore-soaked splatter showdown!

The Review
This third volume of the splatter horror comedy Reiko the Zombie Shop could best be described as erratic, which may or may not be a result of manga-ka Rei Mikamoto's uncertainty with what she hopes to accomplish with this manga. The evil twin sister storyline is abruptly resolved with the return to a stand-alone Zombie Shop chapter, finally finishing up with a few short stories from Mikamoto that have nothing to do with Reiko or her Zombie Shop. Is the Zombie Shop closed, or is Mikamoto just taking a timeout to retool her focus?

Riruka's plans for world zombie domination come to a close with a bloody dud that feels quite rushed. The clever zombie necromancing are absent for the most part, or at least a bit too repetitive, and the tongue-in-cheek humor that worked to the title's advantage is not cracking as sharply. Mikamoto then hurries us back to the tales of the macabre surrounding the Zombie Shop and Reiko's investigations. It's bloody, darkly humorous, and features a clever ending that left me feeling quite satisfied.

Rounding out the book are three short horror stories that are creative and feature plenty of gross-out shock value, but are completely unrelated to the Zombie Shop storyline. The stories are mildly enjoyable in and of themselves, but by the end of the book I was ready to get back some focus and move on, so their effect was probably wasted.

Dark Horse continues a pretty good release here with solid print reproduction, although I'd like to see more of the SFX translated.


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