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Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volume 1 Manga Review

Resident Evil- The Marhawa Desire Volume 1 Manga

“Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire” is off to a promising start.

No, “Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire” is not a new video game.  Instead, it’s a manga prequel to the “Resident Evil 6” video game written and drawn by Naoki Serizawa.

In volume 1 of this ongoing series, Doug (a Professor of Science Engineering at Bennett Academy) is invited by his ex-girlfriend (Mother Garcia) to investigate strange happenings at the secluded Marhawa Academy. Upon arriving with his nephew Ricky (who is a student at Bennett Academy), Doug discovers that a zombie with the T-Virus has been captured at this school. Wanting to know the source of the virus, Doug tries to get hold of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (led by Piers Nivans, Chris Redfield, and Merah Biji), but is unable to. Can a T-Virus outbreak be prevented or is it already too late?

Despite simplistic characters and Serizawa’s tendency to overstate the obvious, ‘The Marhawa Desire’ is a welcome addition to the “Resident Evil” mythos. From the prologue to the cliffhanger ending, this story is packed with page turning action, mystery, zombies, and an intriguing story arc involving Ricky. If you are worried you might be left in the dark about what is going on, don’t be. Serizawa does a fine job of integrating backstory and details about past events.

In terms of the art, Naoki Serizawa knocks it out of the park. The characters are extremely well defined, the action is striking, and the full color prologue was a nice touch to be sure.

Overall Thoughts: After reading volume 1, it’s safe to say I’m on board for more. Bring on volume 2! Note: Keep your eyes peeled for a bonus short manga tale about Merah Biji.

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November 23, 2014 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

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