*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
Another great graphic novel in a really interesting vampire series!
This one was really focused on the relationship between En and Ichii. Ichii really wants En to choose him as his partner, but En is still sort of overwhelmed and hesitant, despite also having feelings, and Ichii doesn’t want to rush him. I like that En has been taking time to make his decision. That feels believable to me, and like a smart reaction. It’s basically a marriage, maybe even more since there’s a blood exchange that affects them, and that seems like something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Not a lot happened plot-wise, but I don’t mind because these are all such great characters that I enjoy just getting to know them and learning about their lives and feelings and perspectives and seeing them interact.
This continued to be a sort of sad depiction of vampires, without being a sad story. It’s just, they’re beautiful and long-lived and seem like they have it all, but they still struggle with knowing they’re no longer human, with outliving human partners and children, with depression, with grief, with loneliness. But they seem to sort of try to be there for each other. Some of them, at least.
This one added more to the vampire lore of this world, and it’s so fascinating. Like special mirrors, so that they can see their reflections.
And then that ending! I won’t spoil it, but ooooooh, I really want more info and to know what’s going to happen next!
The art was, once again, lovely to look at. Beautiful people drawn beautifully! This artist is honestly just good at drawing everything in perfect detail, it seems. Faces, bodies, hands, hair, clothes.
I sometimes had a really hard time figuring out who was speaking. Sometimes there were cues, like word bubble shapes, but they seemed inconsistent. A little frustrating, but not a huge deal.
Overall, this was a great sequel with a fascinating, in-depth, somewhat melancholic portrayal of vampires, and I’m very much looking forward to the next volume!
Fans of Volume 1 in Billy Balibally's FANGS series. Anyone who likes graphic novels or manga, a glamorous but sometimes sad take on vampires, mlm romance and sex, sweet and playful romance, a bit of humor, beautiful art, and characters with depth.