Uzumaki

Uzumaki

Vol. 2, Spiral Into Horror

Graphic Novel - 2007
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"Kurōzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. But the spirit that haunts it does not have a name or a body, only a shape: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It possessed the father of teenage Kirie's withdrawn boyfriend Shuichi, compelling him to end his life by remaking himself in its image. It grows in ferns, in seashells, in curls of hair, and in the twisting folds of the human brain. As events unfold, giant snails are sighted near the high school, an eerie glow shines from the abandoned lighthouse, mosquitoes seeking blood fly in drowsy circles, and babies seek to return to the womb. The very smoke from the crematorium hangs in an ominous spiral over the town, reminding everyone that even in death there is no escape ..."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, 2007
Edition: VIZ signature ed
ISBN: 9781421513904
1421513900
Branch Call Number: UZUMAKI
Characteristics: 186 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Uniform Title: Spiral into horror

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DavidB
Apr 20, 2009

Despite of how disgustingly twisted the drawings are, I really like junji Itō's art. His attention to makes the absurd monsters he creats especially grotesque. His visual understanding of depth and perspective bring his damned village to life. But what I appreciate most of all are his character designs.

Despite the simplification of comics, and manga in particular, when Itō draws his characters they maintain their Japanese characteristics. I thinks that's practically unheard of in manga and it's something I've never seen before or since.

This manga is very well drawn and that's what makes it so disturbing to look at some times.

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DavidB
Apr 25, 2009

Everyone here is cursed by the spiral.

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