Friday, May 27, 2011

Trade Marks: Uzumaki Vol. 1

Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while may have figured out that I really don't know the first thing about Japanese manga. My total exposure consists of a half-dozen books or so (and that includes some First Comics' Lone Wolf & Cub floppies), and I had never ready any horror manga. A friend recommended quite a few titles to me, and this is the first one I picked up. It's a crazy anthology, filled with stories about spirals. Spirals, you ask? I also thought it would be a lot of silliness, but these stories are really quite effective and creepy. It's a strange mixture of psychological and body horror. Some segments are superior to others but, overall, Junji Ito's compelling storytelling makes for a very enjoyable read. Trade Mark: B+


Jamie Rosen said...

I highly recommend reading the other volumes in the series. Ito's one of my favourites in the horror manga genre.

guitarbrother said...

Love Mr. Ito! It's pretty amazing how he can make almost anything creepy or scary.
Also, with the further Uzumaki books, he shows what a master he is at building dread. Really thrilled you liked this one.