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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: 1-59307-609-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Reiko the Zombie Shop

Reiko the Zombie Shop Vol. #04

By Jarred Pine     January 03, 2007
Release Date: September 13, 2006

Reiko the Zombie Shop Vol.#04
© Dark Horse

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

What They Say
Reiko Himezono may make good money as a Zombie Shop - a person who can raise the dead and summon obedient zombie servants straight from Hell itself - but is all that cash worth all the trouble? Reiko has had to deal with crazed serial killers, vicious werewolves, and plenty of monsters, not to mention her wicked twin sister, Riruka!

Unfortunately for Reiko, her next challenge may well be her toughest yet! When she put an end to beautiful psychopath Saki Yurikawa's reign of terror, she had no idea that Saki's little sister Midori was waiting in the wings, all set to re-open the floodgates of tragedy and catastrophe all by herself!

The Review
At times, Reiko the Zombie Shop achieves quite a high level of satisfaction and enjoyment for the part of me that loves movies like Evil Dead. This fourth volumes finds creator Rei Mikamoto getting back to what in hindsight was her strength, the episodic tales of the macabre featuring a smack-talking heroine and loaded with plenty of self-parodying humor. Reiko takes on a job, sometimes unwillingly but always for the money of course, with plenty of grotesque twists and turns that crescendo into hilarious yet bloody resolutions. A scene that includes a zombified serial killer getting torn apart by the post-rigor mortis adolescent victims that Reiko summons is both utterly horrifying and terribly funny at the same time.

At other times, however, Reiko can be borderline offensive and revolting. In this volume, there are scenes of tortured victims eating their own intestines and a 16-year old girl with the mind of a 6-year old peeing all over herself. When Mikamoto is trying to be scary, as in the previous example, she doesn't quite succeed and I don't think scary is her strong point. Stick with the grotesque Columbo/Buffy act and biting sarcasm.

I don't think I'll ever love a volume of Reiko, but there are moments where I find myself chuckling with twisted delight; feeding the horror aficionado part of my brain that doesn't get to feed much these days. It's just still not very consistent.


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