After a horrific battle in a mythical Asian land, a peasant soldier with a mysterious past encounters a young woman who has come to find the body of her dead fiancé.
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The Mask of a Thousand Tears
Series: Death Walks With Me #1
Author: David Chauvel
Publisher: Europe Comics
Page Count: 74
Genre: Graphic Novels, Adult, Fantasy
Cover Artist/Illustrator: Roberto Ali
My Rating: ★★★1/2
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Death, Gore, Suggestive language, War/Fighting Matches
”Where I am going, I must go alone. Death walks with me.”
After Sadakyo discovers her fiance brutally murdered on the battlefield, she decides to embark on a quest to bring him back–even after death. She carries his body home with the help of a scavenger named Masamura. Once her fiance is laid to rest, she sets out on a treacherous journey to hunt down the Mask of a Thousand tears.
Inspired solely by tales of legend, Sadakyo warily accepts the company of Masamura on her travels. Mysterious, quiet, and sullen Sadakyo is the opposite of outspoken, enthusiastic, determined, and light-hearted Masamura. Naturally, the dynamics between two characters with such different personalities keeps the reader engaged with where their interactions will go. It feels almost inevitable that the pair will eventually fall for one another, but Sadakyo is determined to save her fiance from the black spring.
There were some instances where I felt that this plot was paralleled Monstress, but only in the beginning. A girl searches for a mask with magical powers but also deals with the dead. A strong-headed female protagonist will stop at nothing for the ones they love in both. There’s even a scene of wild dogs attempting to attack the main character, but in The Mask of a Thousand Tears, Masamura comes to the rescue. A couple of pages in, these plots diverge their separate ways.
The artwork is pretty, but has an unfinished quality to it. This is my personal opinion, but I would love to see more depth with less of a sketchy-appearance to the images. Despite that, the style is appealing, especially in architectural scenes.
This graphic novel series definitely encompasses an engaging story. I’ll be picking up the sequel to continue on with these characters to see how everything will play out!
Sexual content: Minimal.
My Rating: ★★★1/2
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