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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Infinity Studios LLC
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-59697-061-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Traveler of the Moon, the Vol. #01

By Mike Dungan     March 28, 2005
Release Date: February 15, 2005


Traveler of the Moon, the Vol.#01
© Infinity Studios LLC


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Lee Na Hyeon
Translated by:Je-wa Jeong
Adapted by:

What They Say
There's nothing more important than friendship!

The Review
Packaging:
the cover is an attractive image of Adell in her local garb holding a pot full of flowers, and in the background is Yuh-Ur bouncing a small Moon in her hand. The back cover is almost all white, with only a small blurb and cute headshots of Adell and Yuh-Ur. It's all very basic, but not unattractive. The cover is especially nice with it's mix of green, yellow, purple and blue.

Artwork:
Lee Na Hyeon has a nice touch with sharply defined linework and soft features. Her composition is straight-forward, making the story easy to follow, never getting in the way. I'm especially impressed with how she draws hair for all her characters. It's unique to each character, but still looks like real hair styles, with the exception of Adell's extravagant look. But it looks so nice on her, I'm not complaining. Most of the time, the art reproduction is fine, but occassionally it comes out terrible, such as the double splash page that opens the second chapter. Everything is grainy, with terrible screen tones. This is an area Infinity needs to keep working on.

Text/SFX:
The adapatation reads well enough, with just a slight bit of stiltedness to the dialogue. But it's never intrusive, and I'll take that over excessive Americanization any day. The humor comes through well, and nothing seems forced or excessively awkward. The sound effects are mostly translated and edited into English, except when the sfx are right over the art. In those cases, they are translated next to the Korean characters. It works well and looks good.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Ida is a happy-go-lucky vampire living in the forests near a small town. Vampires feed on the blood of humans, but it's a benign presence. Only a little blood is drawn and then the humans are hypnotized to forget everything that happened. Despite this, the ranks of the vampires are getting thinner. Despire being only middle school aged, Ida and his friend Adell, a girl one year younger are already being pressured to have children. Ida leaves on a hunting trip to find blood and is injured. He's found in his bat form and is given to Yuh-Ur, a local high school girl to nurse back to health. When he's strong enough to reveal his real form, she's less surprised by the fact he's a vampire then by the fact that he's a boy. Not only that, but magic is commonplace and is taught in school. When Yuh-Ur's class rep, a beautiful and elegant but stern young woman warns her about the dangers of having a vampire living with her. Despite the warning, Yuh-Ur trusts Ida. During preperations for the school culture festival, a student is found passed out with bite marks on her neck. The class rep takes it upon herself to find the vampire and eliminate him. Events both at the school and within the vampire tribe reveal a tragic event several years ago that have caused the class rep to hate vampires, with bad blood on both sides. And poor easy-going Ida is right in the middle of it.

Comments
Hyeon's tale of the mistrust between two very different cultures is very enjoyable. I found myself honestly engaged by the story of Ida, Adell, Yuh-Ur and the class rep. I like the idea of a fantasy story in a very modern and recognizable world just like our own. A captivating story and cute art outweigh the slightly awkward adaptation and spotty art reproduction. I recommend it.

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