Monday, August 23, 2010

Clover by CLAMP

In this lush cyberpunk manga there are a class of people known as "clovers." These people have the ability to manipulate and control technology and metal, for example building a machine that can perform teleportation or creating a gun apparently out of thin air. The government has ruled that clovers with strong powers are dangerous and must be kept in isolation. They must never grow attached to anyone or discover that they can turn their powers against normal humans.

I'm sure you can imagine how well that plan works!

I have tried about a half dozen mangas by this group, and disliked most of them. This one, however, was very good. The art has a great sense of space, is very consistent and smoothly transitions between places, times and viewpoints. The character designs are a bit bland, but the interaction between them feels very realistic.

4 Stars

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