By Leroy Douresseaux
Sep 4, 2010 - 10:43
|Tegami Bachi Volume 3 cover image is courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.|
Rated “T” for “Teen”
A country locked in darkness, Amberground has only a man-made star that casts a dim light over the land. Travel to the various cities of Amberground is made dangerous by the Gaichuu, giant insects with metal exoskeletons that infest the forests between the cities and towns. There is, however, a brave corps of messengers, called Letter Bees, who risk their lives delivering letters and packages to the cities and keeping Amberground connected. This is the story of Lag Seeing, the newest Letter Bee, and his dingo, Niche (and her dog-thing, Steak).
As Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 3 (Meeting Sylvette Suede) opens, Lag Seeing is still reeling from the devastating news about his mentor, Gauche Suede. Lag visits Gauche’s ailing younger sister, Sylvette Suede, which leads to discoveries about both their pasts. Lag also makes a very special delivery to a former Letter Bee.
THE LOWDOWN: Simply a superb read, Tegami Bachi is one of those fantasy series that is equally heartfelt and exciting – a mix of sentiment and adventure that captures the imagination of all who read it. It also has one of the best recent comics characters, the crybaby Lag Seeing.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Anyone looking for a comic book to give as a gift to a young reader will not go wrong with Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee.