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  • Art Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 190
  • ISBN: 1-59307-433-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

School Zone Vol. #02

By Josephine Fortune     September 27, 2006
Release Date: June 28, 2006


School Zone Vol.#02
© Dark Horse


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kanako Inuki
Translated by:Heidi Plechl
Adapted by:

What They Say
In an ordinary elementary school, there exist thirteen ghost stories. One afternoon, when all the students are sent home from school early, one student tells the others that a human head was found in the school elevator. The kids begin to believe that the scary stories about their school are horribly real! Many students begin to experience strange and terrible encounters with the supernatural, and coming to school now becomes a struggle for survival.

The Review
The series improves immeasurably in this volume. Far from being a scattered collection of vaguely scary stories linked together by the school, a cast of characters that doesn't get enough attention, and a few horrible things that are happening to the kids in the present-day, this one does what the first one should have done: it takes the ghosts from the stories and makes them scare the pants off those little kids.

This volume makes you extremely aware of the fact that the story is about very young elementary school students. Far from being jumpy little kid stories, when a ghost story is told, the ghosts really do start interacting with the students and kidnapping, antagonizing, possessing, and drawing the kids into other dimensions while simultaneously trying to break out of wherever it is that they are being held. The last chapter leaves no doubt that the next volume will be a lot more action-packed than even this one.

A few of the stories are really hard to read as a result of them being about children now, which on one hand is really terrible... but on the other hand is sort of what this series is trying to do anyway. One of the hardest stories to read is where the ghosts are holding a little girl hostage at the school and trying to pull her under a bed and she keeps screaming for help. The story is actually fairly action-packed this time around, leading pretty much continuously up to the great cliffhanger. The mythology is much improved too, as the thirteen stories myth is built upon as well as some more of the stories coming to light and the purpose of the mirrors in the school being revealed.

As boring as the first volume was, this one definitely left me wanting more. Not only have the stories and storytelling greatly improved, the whole thing just got a lot weirder and more entertaining as well, and I'd really like to see where the story goes now that the school has been "breached." Perhaps the adults will no longer be able to turn a blind eye? Who knows, and it will be interesting to find out.

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