From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up—Hart fuses the two genres of horror and crime noir in this original English-language manga. Giancarlo, an attractive, wealthy, and respected member of high society, is hiding a dark secret. Dinnertime does not take him to expensive restaurants or catered parties, but to dark areas of the city where prostitutes walk the streets, to satisfy his hunger for blood. When he rescues Jenny from a mugger, there is an instant attraction, and he fights his urge to feed. As their relationship develops, so does Giancarlo's desire to leave his dark world and become mortal again. With a relentless cop closing in on him for the slayings of prostitutes, and the brotherhood of darkness seeking to destroy him and other mortals, there is plenty of potential for an intense, fast-paced story. This is Hart's first manga effort, and while it shows promise for future stories, it falls short in providing enough suspense. Anzu's black-and-white illustrations are inconsistent in quality. Some fabulously portray the grittiness of the streets and succeed in setting atmosphere, but others lack depth. Some panels, especially the fight scenes, tend to be overdrawn, making them difficult to interpret. Despite its flaws, however, The Reformed
will be an easy sell to teens who are attracted to vampire stories, and it may even leave them thirsty for a sequel.—Lara McAllister, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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