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Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Manga Series, Volume 4

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    Death Comes to Town

    It seems pretty business as usual as the story opens, with D riding his horse across the desolate wasteland. Of course, if he just went wandering and never met anybody, there'd never be any stories. This time around, he encounters an odd looking motor home whose inhabitants are being slaughtered by a sand worm/dragon of epic proportions. Let me tell you, forget those things from back in the day when you watched Beetlejuice. Those things look like merely annoying garden slugs compared to this fearsome creature. D leaps in to render assistance, joined by a fellow traveller who happens along at that moment, one very brash biker dude with the handle John M. Braselli Pluto VIII (yes, really).The family's daughter, Lori is the sole survivor, and she is very ill from radiation poisoning thanks to a leak in the family's motor home from rather dicey equipment. Lori and her family had only just taken leave from the travelling city where they had lived all their lives, and it is to this place that Pluto and D take the ill Lori for treatment. While there, the mayor hires D, as it seems a vampire is hidden somewhere in the city, making the idyllically bucolic small town a place filled with fear.

    But as usual, things are not quite what they seem. For when D kills the one vampire, he becomes aware that there are more. Only these don't seem to be "normal" turned humans, nor are they Nobles. Added to this conundrum is the laboratory and its contents that D comes across in Lori's former family home in the town. Seems daddy was trying to create something probably best left uninvented. If that's not enough trouble, the floating city's computers seem to have been hacked, sending the floating island city-state off its safely plotted course, directly towards some Noble ruins and what appears to be a graveyard of other former floating colonies. Just who is doing all this, and just what is awaiting the denizens of the city once they arrive at their unwanted destination? D struggles to solve the riddle, while townspeople turn against him and Pluto shows a rather surprising side to himself.

    It's non-stop action and adventure in this instalment of D, and Kikuchi certainly has pulled out all the stops. We get vampires, zombies, mutant sand dwelling dragons, mad scientists, and a city of the evil dead all in one volume. It could so easily have become a disjointed, rambling mess, but Kikuchi is in top form here, weaving a complex tale that utilises many of the elements previously encountered in this twilight world. The narrative flows gracefully, unveiling suspenseful clues to the mystery that D must solve while maintaining the brooding, hunting atmosphere that fully realises the horror aspect of the tale. As always, we are reminded of both the beauty that is found in humanity, always marred by that which is ugly inside, most notably as we watch D deal with unwarranted bigotry and ignorance while he struggles to save the very oppressors from a certain living death of the worst kind. With unexpected twists and turns and the Catch-22 situation D finds himself in within the pressure cooker environment, the reader is hurled head first into an adventure that keeps the adrenalin pumping until the very last page.

    Saiko Takaki's artwork fairly bursts with raw vitality, with attention grabbing anatomical detail of monsters and human/dhampir beings alike. The lines and shadings lend atmosphere and a portray a sense of natural movement during action scene

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Vampire Hunter D Tale of the Dead Town Manga

    Having read all of the books of this series and the manga that follow them I must say that overall I love series. This particular book though not my all time favorite in the series still ranks up there. The manga was very well down. The characters and plots are very well thought out. Overall I enjoyed the read.

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