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Title:
Bride of Deimos. Vol. 4
Author:
Ikeda, Etsuko.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Fremont, Calif. : Comics One, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
198 pages : all illustrations ; 18 cm
General Note:
This book is printed in the original Japanese format, reads right-to-left.

Originally published : Japan: Akita, 1977 as Demos no hanayome 4.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Suggested 13 up.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781588992222
Format :
Book

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Summary

The tragedies continue in the fourth instalment of this epic tale. Minako is transported back to the time of the Gods and through the eyes of Venus, serves as a witness to the couple's betrayal. But where adulterous deities travel, chaos is sure to follow, and a severed hand, a ghost looking for love and a tragic tale of murder are just some of the things awaiting Minako and her teacher when they are forced to seek shelter at an old mansion. What do the death of one fellow student and the arrival of a bloodthirsty newcomer have in common?


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Originally published in Japan in 1975, and now translated into English, this story retains all its power to chill. Ikeda's collection of eerie episodes is wrapped up in a larger story of forbidden love. Minako, a schoolgirl with flowing blond hair, is approached by a stranger who declares Minako is to be his bride. Suddenly he reveals himself as the devil and informs her there is no escape: all those whom she loves will be destroyed piecemeal until she agrees to be the Bride of Deimos. The rest of the book follows Minako as she attempts to continue her ordinary life, but things aren't the same. A new chum turns out to have killed his mother a few years ago; a favorite teacher ends up being a werewolf who rips out the throat of another of Minako's favorite instructors; and the very cement of the walls of local buildings turns out to be evil, having been mixed with the crushed bones of unfortunate factory workers. Ikeda's vision of love is grim; the book's happiest couple is a maimed race-car driver and his lover, who puts out her own eyes to prove her fidelity. Even they end up dying in a fiery inferno due to a momentary misunderstanding. By the time readers discover why Minako is the chosen one, they've been hung out to dry emotionally. Ashibe's drawings, a dizzying b&w whirl that splashes and curls across the page, use all manner of odd angles and perspective to convey Minako's off-kilter world as she travels a landscape that veers between ordinary and mystical. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved