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The townspeople of Kurozu-cho are being haunted by a strange infection of spirals. When corpses are cremated, the smoke forms a black spiral in the sky, and the clouds form swirls like those in Van Gogh's The Starry Night. Soon, things intensify: a lighthouse throws out spiral beams at dusk; babies are born, only to sprout spiral-capped mushroom-shaped appendages from their stomachs; one man becomes obsessed with spirals until he goes completely mad. The spirals even begin to infect people's bodies, leaving grotesque spiral voids. Readers witness these chilling disturbances through Kirie, a wide-eyed schoolgirl with a pixie cut, whose world is drawn in typical, lighthearted teen-romance manga style. When she's at home or school, things seem normal, but the sudden contrasts between the ordinary events of everyday life and this mysterious invasion of chaotic, threatening spirals makes the horror all the more shocking. Ito knows how to make readers' hearts drop and stomachs turn, but once the scare factor wears off there's not much more to the book .Characters enter the story only to become part of the town's body count, and Kirie, a constant survivor, is no more than a vehicle for the next spooky outbreak of deadly spirals. She reacts to each ordeal with fear and manages to escape before the spirals show up yet again. She doesn't attempt to find a solution, and there's barely any character development or plot. Ito's b&w drawings are well done and scary, but the book's essentially an empty thrill.
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Junji Ito debuted as a horror manga artist in 1987 with the first story in his successful Tomie series. Uzumaki, drawn from 1998 to 1999, was adapted into a live-action movie, which has been released in America by Viz Films and Tidepoint Pictures. It's influences include the classic manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.
it captured my interest, does not explain how the phenomenon begins however if you keep reading, more is revealedPublished 23 days ago by Randi Holtz
THIS BOOK IS PURE BEAUTY!!! I love the art, story, character, setting, etc!!!!!!!!!! I just love horror and this series really satisfies my taste^. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ThefabulousRaisin
I love Japanese film/fiction and I’ve always liked comic books, so it’s kinda surprising that Uzumaki is the first manga I’ve ever read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kyle Warner
The first book in the Uzumaki series was definietly the creepiest for me, Junji Ito's art style makes the illustrations have a moody feel.Published 7 months ago by Sammy
Few scratches on the cover but fine with me because I was just happy i got it :DPublished 8 months ago by Jesus Centeno. Jr.
Quick delivery, great condition, super reasonable price. Easy to review. Thanks!Published 9 months ago by Alexander Krausman
Usually, and as opposed to horror movies, I am quite cynical of the power of comics to truly terrify the reader. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Clay R. Haase