Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: R.O.D. (Read or Die) Volumes 2-4 by Hideyuki Kirata and Shutaro Yamada

Synopsis: Yomiko Readman's love for literature goes far beyond any run-of-the-mill bookworm's! In fact, she has a supernatural ability to manipulate paper in the most amazing ways. From turning a tiny scrap into a lethal throwing dagger to making a single sheet hard enough to block bullets, she's only limited by her imagination. She uses her phenomenal power to seek out legendary books containing secret information that, in the wrong hands, could be dangerous. Backed by a Special Operations Division in England, Yomiko has her hands full battling evildoers, saving the world, and trying to find time to curl up with a good book. (from the back of the book)

Review: In my review of the first volume, I mentioned I hoped this story got better. Sadly, it did not. The characters remain blah, with the exception of Donnie and Ridley, and never gathered my sympathies. Yomiko's character never developed much depth, despite the author's desperate try. Donnie and Ridley, however, were interesting - Light and Dark, Angel and Demon, the dichotomy gave life to an otherwise bland story. There was a sub plot with two of the students at the academy that made little sense and the resolution of that conflict was ambiguous. There was another sub plot, with Yomiko and a little girl that had absolutely nothing to do with the story. Often, I had no idea what the characters were doing - although I a tribute that to the art. Often the shading and the word-bubbles made it difficult to see who was doing what and what was happening! Very Frustrating. So much of the ploy seemed to be physical action and it was hard to tell what was happening. As for the plot in general, there was too much in too small a space. You had students fighting students, the underground library, the back stories, and the heroine-villain interactions. Too much for the author to focus enough attention on the story, leaving huge holes, rushed resolutions, and an ending that made no sense. It's probably a personal thing, but the whole "believe in paper" thing seemed super cheesy. In the end, I was disappointed in this series, as a whole. So much potential and it just fizzled like a damp firework.
Bookmarks: 5 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-1-4215-0257-1 / 978-1-4215-0508-4 / 978-1-4215-0509-1
Year Published:
Date Finished: 1-24-2016
Pages: 250 / 250 / 250

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