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Review: One is Enough by Love

One is EnoughPublishing Date: August 12, 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 148

Matsumoto-kun is just about to turn sixteen when he accidentally bumps into and injures his mysterious high school senpai, Mizushima-kun.

Now he is bound to make it up to him.  But the lines aren’t so clear on just how far this new angst-filled, steamy relationship will go. 

One is Enough is a bit of a mixed bag. The artwork of the characters is generally very pretty, but they sometimes look different from page to page (either in appearance or in style), and the backgrounds are very hit or miss, sometimes clearly drawn and other times extremely basic. It can be difficult to tell where/how things are happening due to the really simple backgrounds at time. The very simplistic backgrounds combined with a sometimes-detailed and other times basic artwork of the characters is also just a generally strange combination. Combine all this with a typical storyline for this type of manga, and there isn’t a lot of new stuff here for anyone who has read a lot of these stories.

That said, it was enjoyable enough, though I really disliked the romance – neither character was truly likable, and I can’t say that I wanted their romance to work out. The one character I really liked had very little page time and I was more interested in his story than the main characters’ stories. I was hoping the story would go in a different direction than it was toward the end, but it didn’t. If it had, I definitely would have liked this work a lot better. One is Enough isn’t terrible, but I didn’t think it was great, either – there are just too many other works out there with a similar storyline to this one that simply execute it in a better way.

I received a copy of this manga from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: The Hollows – The Beginning of the End by Amanda Hocking, Tony Lee, and Steve Uy

The Beginning of the End (The Hollows: Graphic Novel, #1)Published: May 29, 2013 by Dynamite
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 26

This comic series is a prequel to Amanda Hocking’s YA horror series The Hollows. This review is for the first of ten installments.

It’s Day One as a new pandemic sweeps the globe, and all over the world people are turning into mindless zombies.  But for five people – siblings Remy and Max King, med student Blue Adams, rock star Lazlo Durante, and teenager Harlow Smith – it’s the start of a journey they can never return from!

The first issue of The Hollows comic series gives the reader a look at the beginnings of Remy, Max, Blue, Lazlo, Harlow, and Ripley, and squashing that many characters into a 26-page comic is an interesting feat. The comic jumps around from situation to situation, only spending a handful of time with each. I’m not sure when or if I will be reading the rest of the story, but I hope subsequent issues choose maybe one or two characters and stick with them for the duration. That said, it was an interesting look at characters whose beginnings were not discussed in much detail, if at all, in the books, so it’s worth it for that alone, at least while it’s still free. :)

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars