Friday, September 12, 2008

Manga Review: Hollow Fields, by Madeline Rosca

Hollow Fields, by Madeline Rosca

Normally, I'm not terribly fond of "pseudo" manga. But this little book is quite well-done. And the author / artist -- yes, she does it all -- is Australian.

Anyway, the story is about a little girl who accidentally goes to a school for mad scientist children. It contains elements of horror and humor. The subject manner is a bit dicey in spots -- detention that children never return from, grave digging as a school subject, and stitching together different (living) animals to form new, horrible conglomerations -- but the Rosca handles it fairly well.

That said, I wouldn't necessarily want a pre-teen to read this, even though that's the age of the protagonist. I think some of that subject matter could be disturbing to young children.

Anyway, as an adult, I enjoyed this manga. The characters are well drawn, and the story is shaping up to becoming interesting. Lucy Snow is an appealing character, and her decision at the end will certainly change this character.

I want to see what happens next.

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