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January 26, 2012

Yanshu Yu – Yen Press – 2009 – 1+ volume

This is actually Chinese, which is a little fun because these so rarely make it over here. It’s also in color, and very short. It leaves off in a strange place, but given the amount of time that’s elapsed since volume 1 was published, I’m guessing volume 2 is somewhat unlikely at this point.

It’s a strange story. Each chapter is a few pages long, and contains a self-contained story about vampire hunter and supernatural menace Mr. Han and his ward, Dynasty Tang. The chapters feature various supernatural monsters, like demons and a cerberus that transforms into a boy and whatnot, and are fairly comedic in nature. There’s not really an ongoing plot.

And… I don’t really have that much to say about it. I put off writing this up for months because it made almost no impression on me. It’s a short book, at only 120 or so pages, and you either like the stories or you don’t. They weren’t really my thing. The comedy wasn’t that great, and they were fairly superficial and often felt a bit rushed, as if trying to cram as much story as possible in the short chapter length (10 pages). It’s a fun and quick read for the right audience, though, and I did like the novelty of the digital coloring. I wasn’t a big fan of the art, though, which is a little webcomic-y and not that great, and the coloring style is completely different at the beginning and the end of the book. Unfortunately, the color palette isn’t all that great either, something I’m very picky about in color comics.

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