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"King of Eden: Volume 1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Yen Press

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Written by Takashi Nagasaki
Illustrated by Ignito
Lettered by Abigail Blackman
Translated by Caleb D. Cook
2015, 409 Pages
Graphic Novel released on September 22nd, 2020

Review:

The authorities start to get suspicious after a few villages across Europe and Asia are burnt to the ground with no one left alive. Well, there's one guy and he seems to be at every scene. Who is this stranger and what ties does he have to all this bloodshed?

King of Eden runs deep with its mythos. It gets biblical, delving into the origins of murder and monsters and bringing them into the present day. This takes some time to dig into, however there's plenty of space in this 400-page first volume.

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Writer Takashi Nagasaki firmly establishes each side in this conflict. There are a few of them and it's very entertaining to watch them all come together on a collision course. You've got this mysterious stranger, the mob, the lord of vampires, and the government involved. Despite all the different sides and stories, nothing feels glossed over. Everyone gets a good amount of character development, so we're invested in their lives, whether they're innocent or slimy.

King of Eden deals primarily with werewolves, although they're unlike any I've seen before. Artist Ignito turns in some terrific designs. More importantly, there's a nice buildup to the monsters' eventual reveal. At first we see them in shadows, so we're wondering what we're dealing with as the characters are doing the same. When we do see them in all their glory, they're fierce and frightening and they've earned every scare they bring.

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Nagasaki introduces some interesting ideas about the beginnings of werewolves and monsters in general, tying it back to the Bible. We don't get into the religious ramifications of all that. There are no priests or nuns here. Instead, it's approached with science, citing the Bible more as a reference and trying to interpret what it mentions through a modern day lens. It does the same with some local folklore, tying it all together nicely.

King of Eden is a solid monster manga. It casts a wide net with its story with a lot of characters and a deep, impressive mythology that delivers in spades. This is a dense first volume, but it never feels boring or overwhelming. It's riveting from beginning to end and I can't wait to see more.

Grades:

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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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