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Friday, March 20, 2009

07-Ghost Volume 1


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via Comics Village Reviews by Alex Hoffman on 3/1/09

Genre: Sci-fi

Age Rating: Older Teen (16+)

Price: $10.99

I had some pretty high hopes for 07-Ghost going into this review. I had read the preview of the first volume on Go!Comi's website, and I was ready to get into the fantasy of the whole series. Now, I knew before getting into the series that there would be fan-girl pandering, some "manservice" if you will, but I was willing to give the series a shot because of what seemed like an interesting premise.

Nevermind all that. If you like the front cover, if you think its cute or hot or sexy, or whatever you might think, go for this book. It's worth your time. But if you are looking for a bit of a plot, or character development, or even a story setting that made some fricking sense, this is not your cup of tea.

07-Ghost is a sort of cliched European fantasy-techno adventure where the main character is named Teito, and he's a sort of emo-magic-soldier boy. He runs away when the country he's a soldier for begins to attack him, and he finds out that instead of being a slave, he's actually a prince of a kingdom that was conquered, and holds some powerful secret that the other side (the side he used to be a soldier for) wants to get, at any cost. That's pretty much all I got out of it, because most of the book is consumed with super-sexualized monks, poses not unlike the cover of the book, and other shinanegans.

Oh, and that whole "having a best friend who has half of his soul stolen, and says, "I love you." right before he tries to kill the main character" thing is kind of awkward.

Along the way, we get some pretty fricking confusing action scenes, there's a mermaid, and talk about a god that looks somewhat like a Grim Reaper figure with wings made of bone.

If the story isn't necessarily what you're looking for, there are plenty of amazingly drawn... manservice panels, and most of the book is actually well visualized. It's pretty, and Go!Comi did a good job with the production of the book. However, I think it's fairly safe to say that this book was not published for guys like me.


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