cover image Remina


Junji Ito, trans. from the Japanese by Jocelyne Allen. Viz, $22.99 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-974717-47-7

Eisner winner Ito (Uzumaki) builds relentless tension that explodes into chaos in this nightmarish science fiction manga epic. An astronomer discovers a new planet and names it after his teenage daughter Remina, turning both the planet and the girl into international sensations. Then the planet begins hurtling toward Earth, devouring the rest of the solar system along the way. The wealthy formulate escape plans, the rest of the population panics, and Remina becomes the most hated person in the world. The narrative opens with Remina being crucified by hooded cultists convinced that her sacrifice will placate her namesake planet, and the action only escalates from there, reaching a fever pitch of cosmic horror and mass hysteria. Less carefully structured than Ito’s greatest works, it nonetheless has a hypnotic energy, combining the frantic inventiveness of Osamu Tezuka with the dream logic of Kazuo Umezu—and an homage to H.P. Lovecraft, especially as Remina approaches Earth and is revealed to be something incomprehensibly alien. In Ito’s sleek, atmospheric art, even the most attractive characters have the haunted eyes, and he’s well up to the task of rendering disaster on a cosmic scale. With natural disasters, terrors from space, mountains of corpses, and swarms of screaming killers, there’s something here for every horror fan. ([em]Dec.) [/em]