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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1St Edition edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496638
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,594,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Hart is the world's best-selling author of How-To-Draw books. Readers have gobbled up over six million copies of his titles, and his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Chris has had the rare distinction of having the top 1, 2 & 3 art books in the country, simultaneously, as reported by Nielsen BookScan.

Chris is known for his ability to create cute and dramatic characters, brimming with personality. He focuses on the most contemporary styles, genres, and techniques, in order to give his readers and fans the very latest in art instruction.

He has hosted How-To-Draw episodes for Comcast's Activity TV channel and has been featured on 20 videos for Howcast. His work has been licensed to art kits, board games and sports equipment. In addition to his artwork, Chris wrote original screenplays for 20th Century Fox and other networks and was a staff writer on several NBC prime time comedies.

Chris studied art at the California School of the Arts, Paier School of Art, and the Silvermine School of Art. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

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The art is beautiful.
Ruth R.
Great read for both old-time comics thrill readers or anyone new to this genre.
G-Art
I can't wait to start this book again!
Larry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry on June 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am new to Graphic Novels but certainly not new to Vampire based themes, crime stories, and the work of Christopher Hart. I can't spout enough praise for this book. The story line was gripping and unique. It worked on so many different levels. Hard to believe when the pictures are the main focus but TRUE. Speaking of the picture - the artwork by Anzu was incredibly riveting. The idea was brilliant, dialogue crisp, exutition flawless - but most important it was a great read. I can't wait to start this book again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Strobe on June 13, 2008
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If you're like me, you probably hesitate to buy manga online sight-unseen without knowing what the art looks like first. Artwork can make or break any manga or graphic novel, so I thought I'd let others know that in the case of The Reformed, the artwork totally makes it.

If I had leafed through this manga in a bookstore, the refined interiors would have sold me immediately regardless of the story. The artwork follows the atmospheric style of more intricately rendered manga where the pages are meant to be savored rather than quickly breezed through. Every page is a feast fit for a vampire.

You can tell by the publisher's description that the story doesn't stray much from the usual formula, but the dialog is good, Jenny the heroine is easy to like, and the author doesn't take the kind of silly liberties with the vampire genre that only an otaku could love. The Reformed is a serious, mainstream story for anyone who likes graphic novels -- manga fan or not. And even if you don't care for the story, it's still worth owning just for the art, so you really can't lose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G-Art on June 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
There are a few reasons you should read this book. First, it's a great story with a fascinating concept for a short story with an unusual twist.
Second, the graphics that go along with it are amazing & powerful - the kind that put you right in the scene and captures the mood.
I picked it up and could not put it down until I completely read it from start to finish which is unusual for me. Great read for both old-time comics thrill readers or anyone new to this genre.
Great work. Thank you, Chris & Anzu
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth R. on June 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
To start, I'm not good on writing reviews. This is my first one.
For an OEL, Original English Laugange Manga, I got to say it is one of the best I have bought. And I don't read/buy much of OEL Manga's. The reason way I picked it up was the drawing style,by Anzu. The art is beautiful. I guess the cover caught my eye, then I read the back and I thought it would be good. I was right. It was good. The story of Vampires always draws me in. This one about a Vampire, Giancarlo, who falls in love with the woman who he was going to kill and wanted to not be immortal anymore. (Sorry, I did say I'm not good on reviews.) AS he tried to reform, the dark side, will not let him. There are other Vampires causing trouble for him, killings rise, and so did suspicion on Giancarlo by Detective Frost. Without any spoilers, I will not give anymore details on it. Just try it. If you like Vampires, and crime, give 'The Reformed' a try.
Did I mention Giancarlo and Frost are Bishies? XD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Copper Payne on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
To go along with the previous reviewer, it was the art that originally drew me to the manga. I pulled the cover off the shelf and went "Ooooh! He looks bishi and evil!" I was hooked.

"Reformed" plays out as both occult mystery and supernatural romance. You watch the developing relationship between tormented Giancarlo and innocent Jenny as the vampire struggles against the dark urges of his own nature. But is it a losing battle? Detective Frost, who has been investigating a series of "vampire murders," seems to think so and even as Giancarlo denies his involvement more and more evidence seems to appear to condemn him.

Stunning art and well-crafted writing bring together characters that truly seem alive thanks to their hopes, fears, and personalities, not to mention an ending that has you wanting more.
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