HENSHIN

PrintE-mail Written by Tony Jones

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: HENSHIN / AUTHOR: KEN NIIMURA / ARTIST: KEN NIIMURA / PUBLISHER: IMAGE COMICS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

Esiner and International Manga Award-winning artist Ken Niimura (I Kill Giants) has written and illustrated this substantial set of thirteen stories under the theme of Henshin (or transformation). Running at nearly 300 black and white pages, this is a quirky and sometimes surreal set of stories very rooted in Japanese life.

Being a translation of a set of stories originally set in Japanese, Henshin is presented in what to Western readers is back to front printing. If you aren’t familiar with this it takes some getting used to and adds to the surreal experience of reading some of these stories.

The stories have a range of fascinations: cats, bodily functions, obsessions (with cats and bodily functions, and bodily functions of cats), death, obedience and several more besides. Each story is really a vignette, a flavour of a story but sometimes just a few scenes where the reader pieces the greater meaning together as they reflect.

Artistically, the style very much suggests action and comic in the normal meaning of the word – character perspective alters scene by scene, backgrounds are sketched at best, there is no attempt at creating a realistic looking world. Much is minimal, sharing the basic premise and nothing more. Here is the flaw with this for the casual reader – there is a large sense of so what? It is difficult to care for most of the characters, and the stories that present what might be a twist in the tail pack little emotional punch.

If this type of Japanese comic strip is to your taste then this probably rates 7 or even 8 out of 10. Anybody else will find this heavy going.
 

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG

Find your local STARBURST stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. For our digital edition (available to read on your iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Samsung and/or Huawei device - all for just £1.99), visit MAGZTER DIGITAL NEWSSTAND.

CLICK TO BUY!

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB:


Suggested Articles:
Since its main series came to an end, Batman 66, the comic book tribute to the much-loved Adam West
Blue Fox comics produce some of the most visually impressive and narratively interesting books in th
One of the interesting challenges that fledgeling comic book creators face is that people tend to un
One of the toughest things to do in the world of storytelling is to produce something that both adul
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

ROYAL DESCENT #4 14 February 2017

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 08 February 2017

ROBYN (ISSUE ONE) 07 February 2017

BRETHREN BORN ISSUES 1 & 2 06 February 2017

HILO BOOK 2: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD 03 February 2017

JUDGE DREDD – EVERY EMPIRE FALLS 27 January 2017

LITTLE GIRL BLACK #3 27 January 2017

THE MUMMY #3 20 January 2017

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL. 2 15 January 2017

DEFENDER 28 December 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner