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  • Art Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • Pages: 180
  • ISBN: 978-1-4278-0090-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right
  • Series: Trinity Blood: Reborn on Mars

Trinity Blood: Reborn on Mars Vol. #03 - Star of Sorrow

By Danielle Van Gorder     November 05, 2007
Release Date: August 30, 2007


Trinity Blood: Reborn on Mars Vol.#03 - Star of Sorrow
© TOKYOPOP


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Sunao Yoshida / THORES Shibamoto
Translated by:Anastasia Moreno
Adapted by:Jai Nitz

What They Say
Reborn on Mars (R.O.M.) takes place after the events of Rage Against The Moons (R.A.M.). In these volumes, Abel and his love interest, Stel, are caught up in the brutal war between the New Human Empire and Vatican!

The Review
Packaging:

The cover has a deceptively simple three-color shot of Able Nightroad armed to the teeth. The three reds against a white background and the overall composition of the cover is extremely eyecatching, and definitely has enough visual appeal to catch the eye of a casual browser. The rest of the cover elements fit well, although the title in the upper right corner is smaller than is usual and the font is more decorative than legible.

The art reproduction on the panels inside is slightly muddy, which is a little disappointing, but the overall print quality is crisp, and the binding is loose enough to be comfortable. Extras include a cast of characters with gallery at the beginning of the book, a map of the world of Trinity Blood at the end, and several more detailed plates of art. Several one-page ads for the Trinity Blood anime and other Tokyopop novels are also included.


Text/SFX:

For the most part, the translation flows smoothly, with only minimal rough points and no blatant Americanizations that I noted.

Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

The post-Armageddon world is a very different place for humanity. After the dust settled from the wars, there was a new breed of people ready to dominate the new world. They call themselves Methuselah, but humans call them vampires. The Vatican grew in power and influence and worked to end the power of these vampires.

Now, a thousand years after the Armageddon, the political landscape has changed even more. There is an uneasy alliance between the Methuselah-dominated Empire and the parts of the world controlled by a much weakened Vatican.

When a Vatican force is allegedly attacked by the Istavan City Military Police, operating under a vampire's orders, the Vatican itself is divided on how to handle it. Cardinal Francesco di Medici wishes to invade the city by force to show the world that the Vatican is not to be taken lightly, while the more politically savvy Cardinal Caterina Sforza believes that taking action before they have proof would stir up general sentiment against them.

The situation in Istavan is complicated even without the Vatican stepping in. Lord Gyula, the Marquis of Hungary, is the vampire overlord of the city, but while he lives in luxurious splendor the human population lives in squalor and misery, under the harsh domination of the City Military Police. The Partisan group, under the leadership of the mysterious Star, is fighting for freedom from this oppression.

This is the situation that Father Abel Nightroad, a bumbling priest newly transferred to Istavan, finds himself in. He no sooner gets off the train than he finds himself in trouble with the City Military Police, trouble he inadvertantly drags Sister Esther into as well. He's summoned to meet with Lord Gyula himself, something that people don't usually return from alive. Can he - and Sister Esther - escape from and prevent Lord Gyula from unleashing a disaster?

Comments
Fans of the anime series will recognize the basic elements of this story, but the actual execution is different enough to not feel repetitive. But enough detail and supporting information is provided that even readers unfamiliar with either the anime or the first novel series won't have any trouble following along with the story. It also feels less juvenile than many of the other Japanese light novels that have been adapted into English.

My overall impression of the novel is that it's much better written than the anime series, and holds together as a more coherent whole. There's a good balance between the character moments, the action, and the political manuvering that kept my interest the most. The story isn't high art, but as an entertaining afternoon read it's well worth the price of entry.

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