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Emma, Vol. 7 Paperback – March 12, 2008
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The backstory of William's parents is filled out in the first chapter of this volume, and then we are returned to the present and the aftermath of William and Emma's surprise meeting. The storytelling seemed a bit choppy in this volume, but the art was as beautiful as ever.
This volume is longer than the previous ones, but still reads quickly. The art seemed even more gorgeous than usual, but the most important aspect was the conclusion of Emma and William's story. There were some times in this volume that the story skipped over what must have been days or sometimes even weeks, but then again it was rather long as it was, so maybe that was necessary. It definitely didn't confuse or very much harm the story, the way the jumps in the narrative did in Volume 5. It may seem odd--and frustrating to some readers--that their story ends at the very beginning of their life together, but I think that's a nice way of letting us picture our own happily ever after.
After reading this volume, and mostly after seeing the art, I definitely intend to buy it. I want to admire it at much greater length.
And so we come to the rather abrupt end of Emma, one of the best graphic novel series I've ever read. (And yet there are three more tankobon? I am confused, and the library is not helping, as they still can't find a copy of vol. 8 to lend me!) While the end does feel abrupt, it also feels right. I won't go into spoiler territory, though if you understand the structure of the classic Victorian romance, you know what;s happening in the last frames; the only suspense to be found here is what Mori is going to do with some of the other schemes, plot threads, romantic triangles, and other seemingly impossible subplots she's delighted us with for the past six volumes. Mori hands us a beautifully satisfying conclusion. Can't wait to find out what those last three books are all about. ****