Sunday, February 22, 2009

Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 128
Series : #1 Crossing Midnight
Format : Graphic Novel
Reason for Reading : 999 Challenge

The first installment in the Crossing Midnight series which sadly didn't sell too well and only consists of three collections. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, twins Toshi and Kai Hara are born one each side of midnight. This time difference leads to major differences in their lives. Toshi (the sister) manages to survive impaling herself on iron railings causing her to discover she cannot be harmed by blades. Toshi has no power and spends much of his time looking after his sister despite her invulnerability.

One evening a strange man appears who can control blades called Aratsu claiming to be Kai's master. Each time she refuses to go with him he kills someone close to her until she eventually gives in. To aid Kai get his sister back Nidoru who has power over needles comes to his aid, but there will be a cost in the future that Kai cannot know about.

A great mixture of Japanese mythology and folklore with lots of blood and death along the way. There is a really interesting section at the back explaining some of the Japanese ideas behind the story and hinting at how the plot will unfold in later collections. I adored this opening volume and it will definitely appeal to fans of Fables and Sandman for it's darkness and mixture of myths. Drawn interestingly, again it's a shame it only lasts 3 volumes.


Ladytink_534 said...

Huh. Well it certainly sounds different and neat! Sorry it ended too soon :(

Ana S. said...

Mike Carey! Japanese mythology and folklore! Me wants. It's too bad it didn't last longer.