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MPD Psycho, Vol. 11

Welcome to another review here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be looking at the returning MPD Psycho. First though, some items from the past week that caught my attention

 

 

 

 

And now onto the review of MPD Psycho, Vol. 11!

MPD Psycho, Vol. 11MPD Psycho, Vol. 11
Written by Eiji Otsuka, art by Sho-U Taijima
Dark Horse Comics, 224 pp.
Rating: Mature Readers

After several years on hiatus, Eiji Otsuka’s and Sho-U Taijima’s bloody and convoluted tale of serial killers and conspiracies returns with MPD Psycho, Vol. 11! After such a long wait we return to the series with a tale set prior to the events of MPD Psycho, Vol. 1, which fills in some blanks, answers certain questions and raises even more. Old faces return as we learn more about Lucy Monostone and the events leading up to start of this twisting and winding series.

Coming back to an extended flashback is actually a nice stroke of luck for Dark Horse and the readers. Instead of dumping us back into the midst of things, we’re allowed to catch our breath and see events and characters we’re familiar with but might have forgotten. It’s almost like a primer, setting off those sparks of recognition and causing readers to remember things they might have forgotten over the intervening years. Otsuka’s story kicks off in the traditional MPD Psycho manner, focusing on the hunt of a mysterious serial killer. The hunt ultimately ties back into the main story and leads us to a number of revelations concerning the Gakuso organization and Lucy Monostone, finally answering questions that long time readers have no doubt been clamoring for. In addition, this flashback serves as a nice way to reintroduce many of the series core characters, primarily the young psychologist Maki Isono, and Yosuke Kobayashi/Kazuhiko Amamiya/Shinji Nishizono.

One of the things that I had forgotten was what a fantastic job Otsuka and Taijuma do in differentiating the different personalities in Shinji/Yosuke. While this is something that Otsuka helps along with different speech patterns, it’s really driven home by the wonderful Sho-U Taijima art. Much like Otsuka, Taijima switches up the visual cues between Shinji/Yosuke. This goes beyond the simple presence of lack thereof of glasses, and beyond the kanji/sound effect cue, as Taijima alters the character’s body posture, facial expressions, and the expressiveness in his eyes as well. In other areas Taijima’s artwork remains as slick and polished as always, with everyone looking like a fashion model whether they’re in business attire or sporting a more urban get up for their planned night of butchering victims. His use of heavy blacks within the clothes and for the blood spatters looks fantastic and really pops out against the bright white paper stock Dark Horse is using for there release of the series.

Be aware though, this series isn’t for everyone. Yes it’s a wonderfully twisting maze of plots within plots, with some lovely looking artwork, but it also contains some of the most brutal and vicious murder scenes in comics. The bodies are usually horrifically mutilated and are depicted in graphic detail. To further narrow down it’s audience, the majority of the victims are women, including those in this volume. Still, it’s fantastic to see MPD Psycho returning after such a lengthy absence, but one has to wonder if it’s too little too late. After so many years, and 11 volumes, is the audience for it still there? Will older readers remember and return to the series? Could it’s return spark interest from new readers? Only time will tell, but this was a pretty solid volume to return on, one that cleared up some lingering questions and reminds readers of what made the series so enjoyable to begin with, off the wall conspiracies, twisting plots, and a dash of splatter punk ultra violence courtesy of the brutal serial killers who populate it’s pages.

MPD Psycho, Vol. 11 is available now from Dark Horse Comics.

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  1. August 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Could it’s return spark interest from new readers? – Well, I’d like to get into this series (and others would probably too) if some of those volumes weren’t out of print. That’s the main problem for me. They should at least do reprints from time to time so long as they didn’t completely drop it.

    • August 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Yeah, that seems to be an ongoing problem for Dark Horse and some of their longer series. I’ve heard similar things about Berserk volumes being OOP as well. I’m hoping they’ll either bring the OOP volume back, or release 2-in-1 style omnibus collections like they’re planning to do with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service.

  1. August 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

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