Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tarot Cafe: Vol. 2 by Sang-Sun Park


This lovely manhwa contains 3 short stories. This first, "A Heartless Princess, an Alchemist and a Jester (Part 2)", finished the tale of an unusual romantic triangle that was started in the previous volume. "The Werewolf Boy" is about a young man (and new werewolf) who comes to Pamela for help after being chased off by his werewolf lover, as punishment for a fling with someone else. The last one, "The Witch Hunt", gives the reader an insight to the mysterious Pamela's life before she became a fortuneteller.

The art in this series is stunning. It is deft and elegant, not overcrowded as many comics are; the author clearly understands the value of leaving some white on the page and not trying to stuff it with speedlines, sparkles, exclamations or other nonsense. (Now if she could teach other artists that...) Even in the short periods of time we get to meet characters, the reader becomes attached. The pacing is great, and carries the reader along effortlessly. The plots in this volume weren't as strong as in the first, but were still a good sight better than many.

Fans of comics that are easy on the eyes, but also have plenty of plot and avoid just becoming eye-candy should definitely check this out!

4 Stars

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