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Deja-Vu; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter by Youn In-Wan
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Nov 30, 09

bookshelves: graphic-novels, manwha, older-teens, sf, strange, young-adult-books, realistic, shojo
Read in November, 2009

First, a majority of this book is a two star book. Writer Youn In-Wan is for the most part a competent writer, but his time-spanning epic love story, drawn by 4 different, but equally dull, artists feels like Apollo's Song for dummies. It is more concise and less confusing and, at times, much gentler and more romantic. But, this version feels dumber and more rushed. The artwork is not really worth the time, as it looks like a thousand other manga. The Winter story, set in the future, does feature some nice visuals, but is hurt by the series poorest storytelling.

What salvages this collection, however, is the very strong short story Utility. The story of 4 students trying to figure out what to do with a dead body, to save themselves and the body from public humiliation, is shocking, funny, and strangely honest. The artwork by Byung-Jun Byun is interesting, not great, but worth examining, something I hardly ever do with manga (sorry fans of the style, I just don't get it.) This story is a four-star story all by itself, and I recommend picking this up just for that. Although the bulk of the book isn't terrible, you can pick that up for something to do.

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