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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-59307-704-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Reiko the Zombie Shop

Reiko the Zombie Shop Vol. #06

By Matthew Alexander     July 04, 2007
Release Date: March 14, 2007


Reiko the Zombie Shop Vol.#06
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Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Rei Mikamoto
Translated by:Michael Gombos
Adapted by:

What They Say
Reiko faces off against a cabal of new super-zombies brought together by a mysterious new necromancer, a young man with the power to rob Reiko of her "gift" and who may be the greatest threat she's ever faced!

The Review
Rei Mikamoto
Translation by Michael Gombos
$12.95 | 192pp | ISBN 1-59307-704-1 | B6 | Right to Left | 3/2007 | 16+

Content: B Art: B Packaging: A- Text/SFX: B+

It took me awhile to figure out what Mikamoto's art reminded me of, but now I've got it; Rob Zombie's old artwork. More specifically the huge-breasted zombie girls on the back of his La Sexorcisto album from way back in the White Zombie days. Just one more reason why I'm digging this title, that and some surprising character development in this volume.

Picking up where volume 5 left off, Riruka has lost her summoner star and been shot in the head with a 'shell of fate'. Lucky for her, she was looking in the mirror so she didn't become a slave. Now she's even tougher than ever as a monster with the ability to regenerate. And let me tell you, the Star Collector is fillin' his shorts now that Riruka is after him. So much so he wants to return Reiko's star and team up to defeat Riruka. But there's another tough woman on the scene who is scary just because she doesn't have any magical power and she still kicks ass left and right. Yukina is a soldier ordered to capture Riruka and the 'shells of fate', and kill every witness.

This volume is one big fun hackfest, with summoners, soldiers, zombies and 'shell of fate' monsters. However, the best part is Riruka's character development. She finds herself completely incapacitated after escaping from Yukina and the other soldiers. Enter the goofy school girl Chikuro, who learned long ago that she has to help anyone in trouble. So when she helps Riruka to the school infirmary I was really expecting to watch Chikuro's head go flying. Chikuro's good nature gets inside Riruka's head to the point that she calls a truce with Reiko until they can escape from the soldiers and ultimately keep Chikuro safe. Some people may think the series jumped the shark with Riruka's change of heart, but I found it believable and very enjoyable. And as Mikamoto tends to do, this volume leaves off right in the middle of the action leaving me eagerly awaiting the next volume. Plus the printing is much cleaner in this volume with no smudges like volume 5 had.

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