Raqiya 5

by Masao Yajima, Boichi | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 9781935548751 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/16/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
I got this softcover at The Comic Store. The artwork's lush and beautiful, with the characters each having distinct and near-photo-realistic faces - though the author clearly enjoys drawing very lush, beautiful women, from all angles! This is the fifth and, apparently, final volume in this series about a woman who makes a deal with a demon for her personal happiness, only to find that she's triggered the apocalypse...

Without a detailed story-so-far, I did have some bafflement over some of the plot-points, but it's all so over-the-top that I don't think that mattered. (Well, perhaps if I'd read the series from the beginning I'd be more attached to the characters - or maybe not...) Anyway, there are epic scenes of destruction, confrontation, near-celestial beings - indeed, some of the layouts reminded me of CLAMP works, though the art here is way more on the realistic side.

I don't know why a gigantic stone cross flies through the side of a building, but it was a very cool scene.

While most of the story is very heavy on the epic-battle/cosmic-warfare/goddess-on-Earth stuff, there are a few bits of humor - notably in a scene were Isa, son of a scientist, volunteers to be sent to the world of Raqiya in an attempt to retrieve a weapon that might save the world. He's shown full-page, slouching and brooding and hollow-eyed, volunteering for duty in words a slacker might use - and the main male character who witnesses this gets the goofy-faced-reaction-shot in the corner of the page. It... was really out of tune with the rest of the story, but I rather liked it. (Isa gets a similarly "whoa, dude!" reaction when confronting "the being that created your universe".

The story wraps up with - um, well, that'd be a spoiler, so never mind. It seemed a bit abrupt given the destruction up to this point, but it was very pretty. Ah, well - I give this one points for artwork and audacity, if not for the actual plot!

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, August 10, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (8/12/2019 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm sending this to BCer HI77 in Florida as part of a multi-book swap. Enjoy!

*** Released for the 2019 One-Word Title release challenge. ***

Journal Entry 3 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, September 09, 2019
Every dream has a little

of the shadow edge,
with the hope it won't consume.

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