The Devil’s Red Bride: Comic Book Review
The Devil’s Red Bride
16th Century Japan was no place for the faint-hearted, and neither are the pages of The Devil’s Red Bride. Set amidst the bloody tumult of the clan warfare of the Sengoku Period, the fate of the Aragami clan was already written and signed off. That is until three years into the future when Ketsuko, the daughter of Lord Aragami, discovers a chance to turn the tides of fate…whatever the cost.
The Devil’s Red Bride is steeped in samurai and slaughter. A rip-roaring tale, it keeps us right in the middle of the brutal battles…and the bar fights, too.
What is already an interesting and mystical story has layer upon layer added through its careful are and format. Long panels are reminiscent of folded screens and fusuma. The scenes of battle, too, are crowded and claustrophobic, busy and bustling, as is typical of Japanese artwork. The colour usage, too, is an excellent aesthetic and atmospheric choice; ominous and oppressive shadows and bold and bright blood creep and spatter across every page.
Even further, the almost calligraphic and clean lettering leaves us in no doubt as to where we are and does well to anchor us in the bleakness. Bleak, however, it may not remain…
The Devil’s Red Bride
A powerful warrior woman who proved doubting men categorically wrong will always win my heart. Katsuko, however, keeps us guessing. While she is clearly capable, despite the world; she is still soft and empathetic. Your Strong Women can (and should) have emotion, too. Katsuko will do whatever she can, and must, to right the wrongs done unto her clan and avenger her family. You’ll be left looking for the next page, that’s for sure
The Devil Wears a Mask
The Devil’s Red Bride comes with a host of beautifully pulpy variants that could just as easily be art prints as they could comic book covers.
A dark, mysterious, and bloody adventure; The Devil’s Red Bride is certainly one to watch for any fans of Japanese culture and history. It’s clean, well put together, and doesn’t pull it’s punched…and it will absolutely leave you wanting to know more.
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