A look at: Cirque du Freak #9


A little over two months ago I looked at volume eight of this series, and things were getting pretty good. For those of you who didn't read me then, cliff-notes: Darren, main character, meets a vampire and is turned into one to save his then best friend. Years have passed and he's roped up in some vampire war with other crazy monsters, while his lover from life before vampire-ness and ex best friend are tossed into the mix.

It sounds a bit exciting, doesn't it? I mean, maybe you're over vampires. But, then again, maybe you're not "over them" enough to not be intrigued by something else, like the great art style this manga series has or, as was mentioned in comments after my previous summary, the book series this story is adapted from.

Hit past the jump (warning: the summary/impression is kind of a huge spoiler) to read about volume nine!

[header image via Darren Shan Manga]

This volume was very fast paced. We got a resolution to the entire conflict that had been boiling up in volume eight with a big fight and crazy unexpected ending. Well, it's unexpected if the manga is your first exposure to the Cirque du Freak story. If it isn't, this volume served to put you through a really dramatic loss (again) and a huge plot twist that made me incredibly frustrated. Frustrated, in the sense that the situation has become so incredibly unfortunate for the main character (due to the loss of a main character) you're mad that something happened that shouldn't have.

It might seem like a vague summary, but I'm sure there are plenty of stories you've read like that (and I'm trying to avoid spoiling this too much...). X happened, which stinks, but then you find out that it didn't need to happen in order to achieve goal Y (Killing the leader of the Vampanese, as it were). Meanwhile, you're "grieving" over a loss and wondering if you even want to keep on reading the series (cause seriously, this dude kind of made the manga). That's how I felt after this volume, anyway. It's not that the series is bad; this plot twist was good, but about as frustrating as Sirius Black's sudden death was in the Harry Potter series when that book first came out. I kept reading it anyway, but I'm still upset it had to happen.

This volume had a lot of action in it. The story picked up really well and left off at a good spot with no fluff in between. The fighting scenes got a little confusing for me at some parts, but that happens to me with all manga that contain fighting. I don't understand all the sketchy black and white drawings sometimes, so it might just be me. Anyone else enjoying Cirque's manga adaptation?

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