Friday, July 11, 2008

Pathos vol. 1 by Mika Sadahiro review

Pathos vol.1

Author/Artist: Mika Sadahiro

Publisher: Juné

Rating: M - 18 and above

Genre: Yaoi, Drama, Supernatural, Horror

Grade: A

*** Review originally appeared at The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society at http://liheliso.com/buzz/. Check it out! ***

It must be vampire month at DMP. First it's Necratoholic by Meguro Wasabi, then it's Red Angel vol. 1 by Makoto Tateno, finally Pathos vol. 1 by Mika Sadahiro. Pathos is the tale of two vampires who adopt a human boy.

King is a caring and kind older brother. J is a mondo jerk. Ace is our main man who is human, but desires to become a vampire to be closer to J. Initially J tries to avoid Ace by being unkind, but you can tell that there are some emotions boiling right under the surface. Because J has a major desire to drain Ace of his life force King decides to send Ace to boarding school in Boston. To seal Ace's fate, the day before he leaves for America J partakes of Ace's blood.

While Ace is at school he finds himself using Dracula by Bram Stoker as a means to help him pleasure himself. His roommate Rand decides to seduce Ace. By the time he turns eighteen Ace has made up his mind to become a full vampire.

We also learn how J becomes a vampire and how he tries to exact his revenge on his captor.

This is an interesting read. The very first page has some pretty steamy sex. When it starts off so randy like this you never know if it's just going to be sex, and more sex, and lacking in story or it might just be a great read. I'm not a huge fan of vampire stories but this one surprised me. It was gripping and now I am anxious to get my hands on the second volume. Mika Sadahiro-sensei has an interesting art style. You are able to tell the characters apart from one another and even thought the eyes aren't as detailed as other mangaka they are still expressive. My only issue is with King's hair. He has a Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)/Roger Daltry (The Who) vibe going on. It's a little creepy. This is of course a high quality release from Juné. It's a larger trim size, is very flexible, and has a beautiful dust jacket. The copy that I have is a matte finish on the dust jacket as opposed to the glossy finish that they usually do. I prefer the matte finish better, but that's just me. I say check it out, it's worth the time and money. And for someone who doesn't really like the vampire thing to say that you ought to read it, it must be somewhat worthwhile!

***Review Copy provided by Publisher***
***Reposted with permission from The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society***

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