Tuesday, April 18, 2006

MAKE MINE MANGA: East Coast Rising VOL1 - review

This week I'm taking a look at Tokyopop's OEL manga, as there are a lot of creators projects in that line I'm anxious to check out!
Here's today's book:

Title: East Coast Rising
Volume: 1
Creator: Becky Cloonan
Publisher: TokyoPop

Story: A young boy is caught in the middle of conflicting pirates, searching for buried treasure, in a waterlogged future version of the North Eastern United States. East Coast Rising features an expansive cast of young hipsters set with a sailing ship backdrop.

Art: Becky Cloonan wowed fans and critics with her deft handling of the 12 part Demo series last year, and her talent is on full display here. My only problem is, as with other US creators working in the manga paperback book size format, the artwork and action can get a bit confusing at the smaller size. Having seen samples of the art online, and considering it's expansive nature, I think East Coast Rising could've been a stunning success in a larger format.
Overall: I wasn't too taken with the characters or the story here. I think East Coast Rising is likely to find more success with US manga's core audience, the bookstore chains female driven readership. Cloonan is however a great artistic talent, and the book is overall an entertaining read.


Tune in tomorrow for my review of the eagerly anticipated Ross Campbell zombie OEL, THE ABANDONED!
Or you can check out yesterday's review of A MIDNIGHT OPERA, if you missed that, HERE

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