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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 978-1598167399
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right
  • Series: Re:Play

Re;Play Vol. #03

Re;Play Vol. #03 Manga Review

By Angela Eastman     November 16, 2010
Release Date: December 29, 2009

Re;Play Vol. #03

Cree might lose her best friend over the boy she loves - but she might lose that boy, too, when his memories finally return.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Christy Lijewski

What They Say
Whether it's dealing with potential romantic rivals or with Izsak's half-remembered past, the pair is determined to do whatever they can to make their partnership work. Mysterious forces are still dogging the two at every turn, but all will be revealed in the exciting conclusion to Re:Play!

The Review!
A fight almost breaks out at the beginning of Re:Play as Cree flips on a girl kissing Izsak. They resolve it quickly, but the girl still tries to pull Izsak away, claiming she knows who he really is. But Izsak pulls a sweet-guy move and sends the girl on her way, feeling that discovering his old life isn't as important as the life he's creating with Cree.

The night's drama continues when a magazine editor wants Izsak to represent the band in a photo shoot. Rail already doesn't want Izsak around, and he sure won't stand for this. Already having proven himself grumpy and unlikable thus far in the volume, he now forces Cree to choose who she'd rather keep around - him or Izsak. And predictably, Rail gets the answer he didn't want to hear.

Cree waits for her and Rail to inevitably make up, but gets kidnapped by the Unseelie Court, the shady people that have been following Izsak. Izsak and Rail go off to save her, but when they get to the designated spot they find not only Cree, but also the secret of Iszak's memory loss. I haven't read the first two thirds of the series so maybe there was a bigger build up, but the revelation, that Izsak is really a vampire, seems like too sudden of a twist.

Cree and Izsak manage to make it through this ordeal, but the Unseelie Court's reasoning for putting them through so much stress is a little hard to believe. They state they needed to test Cree to see if she could really be Izsak's partner and safely provide him with blood. Cree thinks this was totally unnecessary, and I agree - this seems pasted on, like Lijewski thought of the action first and needed an explanation later.

In Summary:

Lijewski tries to gives us a solid ending to the punky supernatural love story, assuring us that Cree and Izsak will stay together. But in her attempts to tie everything up nicely, she forgets about her secondary characters - what's Char's reaction to everything? And Rail was last seen punched out on a warehouse floor - what the heck happened to him?

But even with the plot issues, Re:Play is an exciting comic with a story that's just light enough to make it a fun afternoon read. The characters may be moody, but they're interesting, and I'm regretting not jumping into this series from the start.

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