I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 2

by Kengo Hanazawa | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1506700195 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 11/2/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, November 02, 2018
I enjoyed Volume One of this creepy, quirky, and sometimes surprisingly funny zombie-apocalypse story, and picked up Vol. 2 at Barnes and Noble. [My young ginger cat Chess has embellished the book with toothmarks on the corner.]

The story of the unfolding plague/apocalypse continues, with ongoing problems: the advent of the plague is vague enough that people tend to assume the victims are drunk or joking or in need of a good shake - up to the moment when they start biting. Our hero Hideo still frets over whether the awful things he sees are his usual pre-apocalypse visions or are actual threats, though he seems to be getting better at telling the difference; still, when he makes his way out of the city and into the Sea of Trees (the lovely but very weird Aokigahara, aka the "suicide forest", the combination of his visions, a pursuing zombie, and some of the forest's own victims (not all of whom are resting quietly, thanks to the plague) things get very creepy indeed.

And funny - it's impressive how the author manages to insert humorous moments in the middle of all this horror. Some of it comes from Hideo's tone-deafness in some matters; he owns a sporting rifle and knows how to use it, but is very, very paranoid about breaking Japan's strict gun laws, to the point of refusing to let anyone else touch the gun EVEN WHEN THEY'RE UNDER ATTACK BY ZOMBIES. Ahem! When he finally loosens up a bit after meeting a schoolgirl who's also taken refuge in the forest, he agrees to let her use the gun - but only after a very strict series of lessons in proper gun-safety. All very salutary, of course, but in context it made me chuckle.

Nicely scary and entertaining story!

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series. And there's a live-action film adaptation that sounds rather fun!]

Released 2 yrs ago (11/12/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Revive Recovery Center in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library on this bright, chilly day; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

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