- Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura's Revenge (Book 1)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Yen Press; Translation edition (July 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316344877
- ISBN-13: 978-0316344876
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magica Quartet is a team formed of members of anime production studios SHAFT and Aniplex who came together to create "Puella Magi Madoka Magica." Members include Iwakami Atsuhiro, Akiyuki Shinbo, Gen Urobuchi, and Ume Aoki, who is also the creator behind "Sunshine Sketch."
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At the same time, the comic isn't so good when it comes to seeing the idea out. Once again the girls don't communicate, leading to disaster that's easily avoidable. Obviously this timeline won't work out considering it's not the canon ending, but it would have been nice to see the characters act more competent than this. It also doesn't seem to know what sort of tone it wants- the premise is based upon Homura getting an idea... in a really silly manner. Humor shouldn't be avoided, but the way this comic goes about it, it undermines it's more serious moments.
The artwork is in the same style as the original (but a different artist). It's clean, easy to read and expressive without being too cartoony, which is nice, but it's also nothing to be too excited about.
Overall, it has some nice ideas and explores Homura's character, but can feel frustrating due to characters not communicating or acting rationally. Fans who want to see more of the original characters, more Homura character development, and more information on her rewind power will find things to like in this.
Unfortunately, the story is fueled mostly by very irritating misunderstandings. The original had that, too, but there are plenty of times where you will want to smack Madoka and say "just tell them you're a time traveler already." Many of the conflicts feel forced and characters tend to act like jerks at the drop of a hat. Homura is fairly in-character, at least, but everyone else feels somewhat OOC and exaggerated from the original series - Madoka in particular is far too much of a doormat, considering this is supposed to be a post-series version. It also frequently seems unsure of whether to diverge from canon or not, and will often exploit deus ex machina to make a canonical thing happen.
The story picks up a bit in its second half, when it seemingly becomes more confident about its AU status and starts actually diverging from canon. If it keeps up this trend, the second volume will probably be downright good, but as is, Homura's Revenge feels frustratingly average. There is potential here, but it's not being utilized.
As for the story I love it so far. I was shocked when I began reading it that this time Madoka actually remembers everything. Ive only read the first volume so there is nothing much I can say until I read all 3.