A look at: Cirque du Freak #8


When I think of Cirque du Freak, the first thing that comes to mind is that odd-looking movie that sort of came and went, with John C. Reilly as one of the lead actors playing a vampire. Mr Reilly caught my attention, but "high school kid story" plus vampires/supernatural didn't exactly do it for me in 2009 after Twilight became a film epidemic from the previous year. This manga follows the story the Cirque movie did (the story precedes the film), which basically is: kid (Darren) meets vamp and gets turned into a vampire in exchange for saving his best friend, who then turns on him, and on top of it all is hunting to kill a "Vampaneze Dread Lord".

Sounds like a sticky situation, right? Hit past the jump to see how things are going eight volumes in!  

Since I haven't read volumes one through seven, I expected to be completely out of the loop. I don't know whether it's a good or a bad thing, but it was easy to pick up on enough of the story and what I needed to know in order to follow along. Not just that, but half of this volume was very slice-of-life, Darren being trapped into going back to school after living the vampire life for over a decade and reuniting with his old girlfriend. He also ran into his ex best friend, who added to the ups and downs. The second half of it was more fast-paced and exciting, a vicious battle ending it and leaving us with a bit of a cliff-hanger.

Reading this bit actually sparked my interest in glossing through what's happened up until now and keeping up with what follows. They're at a pretty high point in the series, where Darren's (main character and vampire) lover has been abducted and his best friend has turned on him in the worst way. The story is in the middle of some epic battle between vampires and vampaneze, some other version of blood beings that are all demonic-looking.

It seems rather plain, but I like the drawing style and I like that I was able to follow the story even this far into it. It doesn't look like it's much more than a dude who is fighting in some crazy war with vampires and his past comes back to him suddenly to mix him up. I guess I started reading at a more interesting part of the story! Have any of you folks gotten into this manga?

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