Title: March Story Vol 2
Author: Kim Hyung-Min & Yang Kyung-Il
May Contain Spoilers
Among the quiet villages and towns of 18th century Europe, demons known as the Ill hide within the most beautiful works of art, sparked to life by the torment of their creators. Attracted by their jewel-like allure, the unwary find themselves possessed by the Ill and driven to horrific acts of violence. Only the hunters of the Ciste Vihad can dispel the Ill.
I was disappointed with the second volume of March Story. The first one knocked my socks off, but this one failed to accomplish anything nearly as dramatic. Unfortunately, the episodic chapters didn’t reel me, and failed to get much of an emotional reaction out of me. That is what I loved about the first volume; March’s past is so dark and tragic that only the most jaded of readers wouldn’t have been feeling something for the poor girl. All of that blood and loss made quite an impression on me. Not so here, where I remained sadly detached from the action taking place in the book.
March is sent out by Jake and Ridon to take on the Ill, evil beings that possess humans and cause nothing but grief and sadness for anyone they touch. Except for the last chapter, the Ill in this volume didn’t push any buttons for me. The storytelling is competent and never boring, but I just never felt engaged in March’s adventures. Nothing felt fresh this time around, and since I never connected with the secondary characters, there was no emotional investment in the book. That left the art the strongest aspect of this volume, and while the illustrations are engaging, they just don’t make the series compelling enough to follow if the third volume continues along the same vein as this one.
Review copy purchased from Rightstuf