By Leroy Douresseaux
Aug 13, 2007 - 12:09
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Marie has a widely known reputation for drinking and being something of a ditz, but she may be the best alchemist the school has graduated. Right from the beginning, the citizens of Zarlburg start visiting the duo and ordering their potions, concoctions, and alchemical supplies. Marie and Elie even take on two forest elves, Passek and Prusha, as apprentices. The shop becomes the center of curious adventures and colorful characters.
THE LOWDOWN: Cartoonist Yoshihiko Ochi uses the first volume to introduce the characters and builds much of the story around sassy comedy in which the characters often mumble under their breath about one another. This is an interesting concept with appealing characters, but that doesn’t really show in this first volume. The art has a nice textured appearance and sometimes looks like cock-eyed woodprints. Ochi’s art here has some similarities to Art Adams, especially Adams’ 80’s work when he had inkers like Whilce Portacio and Mike Mignola.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: With its cast of knights and their steeds, elves, and impish girls on brooms and the playful use of magic and potion-making, this is perfect for juvenile readers of fantasy who might try comics. Why would I keep reading it? I’ve always had a thing for characters that fly on brooms.
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