Makoto is a young man with some serisously dark fantasies. Knowing no human being could ever fulfull them, he summons a demon to fulfill them. After selling his soul, the demon takes Makoto to hell with him where he learns he didn’t land just any demon, he sold his soul to J, an archduke of hell.
If you’re in the marked for some dark M/M, this is certainly an original entry; especially if you like unconventional relationships. Makoto and J have a strange dynamic and this is not for the faint of heart even if the art flubs what’s happening so it’s not overly graphic. You get it but it’s not along the lines of a guro manga or anything. 4 out of 5.
The first part of “Dahlia” is all done and ready for purchase! Click here or the picture above. Here’s the quick blurb:
Dahlia has a peaceful life working for a recycling company and coming home to her loving wife. But when that peace is shattered, a new terrible world is opened up, a dark past is revealed, and a dangerous quest begins.
I’m super excited to put this one out there. I hope you enjoy it!
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+
Damiano and Angelina (a demon and angel respectively) meet as children and have an instant connection but end up not seeing one another again until they’re adults. This collection of comic strips follows their relationship.
They are a cute couple, with Angelina being pretty naïve and Damiano being a full on horndog leading to some funny misunderstandings. These jokes work in the short strip format and somehow manage not to feel overdone when collected together. Our main characters are clearly an odd couple but they make it work and it’s a fun read. 4 out of 5.
Ghost hunters Takuda, Mori, and Suzuki are sent to investigate some mysterious and disturbing calls made to a local mental health facility. As the case goes on, they notice the clues come to them way too easy. Bodies start piling up all leading to a mysterious and evil artifact.
This book does a great job setting an atmosphere of tension and mystery. The writing is competent enough to give you a real sense of Japan (in 1993). It was intriguing to see the characters change the longer they do this treacherous job; as if corrupted by the very evil they are hunting. Our three main characters work off of each other well in a delicate balance of annoyance and loyalty. Endo – the villain – talks like The Architect from The Matrix; pontificating in a way that even makes other characters snap at him to get to the point. I gotta say, Endo is MUCH less annoying and makes WAY more sense than The Architect so it wasn’t completely painful to read his little speeches.
On the whole, this book is written well enough that I didn’t feel I was missing information from the first book in this series. The ending is left quite obviously open for a new story so while the immediate problem was solved; you’re left curiously unsatisfied. The over-arching evil is still out there. If I come across the next one, I’m intrigued enough to want to pick it up as this one was an enjoyable, supernatural horror. 4.5 out of 5.