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Raiders, Vol. 1
by JinJun Park
Irel Clark is a professor's assistant whose latest find is the "Holy Grail" for member of his profession-literally! But when it turns out that some decidedly unholy individuals are also after the blood of Christ, Irel must drink from the chrism bottle he's recovered to save his own life. Immortality leaves something to be desired, though, when undead cannibals walk the ear ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Yen Press
(first published 2009)
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This one I thought would be bad. I haven’t been too impressed by a lot of the Korean manhwa’s (though that has been changing). The back blurb mentioned something about finding the blood of Jesus and I’m like oh, this is probably going to be so bad it’s funny. Actually, it’s neither. It’s down mostly seriously and it’s actually decent. It’s also ultra-violent but it has a plot and that’s my requirement. I don’t mind gore but it has to have a plot.
It opens rather Indiana Jones-ish with young Irel ...more
I picked this one up because the description made it sound like an amusing enough take on Indiana Jones; what it turns out to be is a big supernatural action piece with flesh-eating zombie witches, a now-immortal kid who takes his Winchester rifle everywhere, Frankenstein monsters and players we're just starting to get familiar with after the first volume. It's fun, and enjoyably gross, although the art is sort of manga/manhwa-standard (as in, the synopsis describes the main character as a girl ...more
I have to admit, what attracted me first was the lovely art with very fine lines. I'm impressed the details came out so well on paper. While the story isn't by any means spectacular it has just the right mix of characters, action, and even a bit of dark humor that appeals to me.