Irel Clark is a professor's assistant whose latest find is the "Holy Grail" for member of his profession-literally! But when it turns out that some decidedly unholy individuals are also after the blood of Christ, Irel must drink from the chrism bottle he's recovered to save his own life. Immortality leaves something to be desired, though, when undead cannibals walk the earIrel Clark is a professor's assistant whose latest find is the "Holy Grail" for member of his profession-literally! But when it turns out that some decidedly unholy individuals are also after the blood of Christ, Irel must drink from the chrism bottle he's recovered to save his own life. Immortality leaves something to be desired, though, when undead cannibals walk the earth in constant need of human flesh, and Irel's newly immortal body is nothing short of an all-you-can-eat buffet!...
|Title||:||Raiders, Vol. 1|
|Number of Pages||:||176 Pages|
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Raiders, Vol. 1 Reviews
This one I thought would be bad. I haven’t been too impressed by a lot of the Korean manhwa’s (though that has been changing). The back blurb mentioned something about finding the blood of Jesus and I’m like oh, this is probably going to be so bad it’s funny. Actually, it’s neither. It’s down mostly seriously and it’s actually decent. It’s also ultra-violent but it has a plot and that’s my requirement. I don’t mind gore but it has to have a plot.It opens rather Indiana Jones-ish with young Irel Clark breaking in to a church with armed guards on the behalf of his mentor, Professor Wilter Langhem (if that’s a typo on Wilter, it goes through the whole book). Langhem is an expert on the Holy Grail and they’re currently running down an alternative theory; instead of one grail there are five chrism bottles (bottles that hold holy oil in the church today) and the blood of Christ was drained into these and carted off by Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Irel finds one of the chrism bottles and he and Wilter hightail it out of there in a hail of gun fire, not realizing that a young and deadly woman has followed them onto the train.Naturally they have a heartfelt talk about whether or not they would try to drink the blood of Christ which is famed for giving immortality. The woman gets to the train in time to find them and she attacks them, killing them both but before dying Irel manages to drink the contents of the chrism bottle. When he wakes up, he’s shackled in a shack with the woman explaining she needed that blood to end her zombie existence and until she finds another bottle, she plans on eating HIS regenerating body to keep herself alive. And she does, graphically.Irel sucks at escaping, just saying. It takes Clarion, another zombie but of a different sort, working for what seems like an evil priest and her Frankensteinish companion to help. Clarion also tells Irel his captor’s back-story, a cursed witch Lamia (just might be the original lamia from what I’m gathering with a magical spin to it). There’s also Wilter’s daughter, Grace and a homicide detective, Chris, in the mix. The latter is thrilled to be chasing a cannibal.I found the story entertaining, more so than I imagined. Irel cries nicely and I should probably be worried I’m thrilled to see a young woman gnawing on a half naked bishie but there you have it. The author did her Grail research and even worked in Glastonbury into a possible resting place for the grail. However, Irel looks too young for his age half the time and he and Chris are hard to tell apart. The action scenes are sometimes difficult to figure out but over all, I’m going to go look for more of this.
I picked this one up because the description made it sound like an amusing enough take on Indiana Jones; what it turns out to be is a big supernatural action piece with flesh-eating zombie witches, a now-immortal kid who takes his Winchester rifle everywhere, Frankenstein monsters and players we're just starting to get familiar with after the first volume. It's fun, and enjoyably gross, although the art is sort of manga/manhwa-standard (as in, the synopsis describes the main character as a girl but "Irel" is a boy in the story, and you can see where the mix-up came from) and chaotic (action scenes can be kind of hard to follow), and the translation reads a bit like it was done by someone whose Korean is better than their English; it often just doesn't sound like how native-English speakers (the story so far is UK-based) would talk.
I have to admit, what attracted me first was the lovely art with very fine lines. I'm impressed the details came out so well on paper. While the story isn't by any means spectacular it has just the right mix of characters, action, and even a bit of dark humor that appeals to me.
Eating immortal flesh was interesting, but the rest was an uninteresting Indiana Jones.