Alichino

 ALI2   (Tokyopop, 2005)

™ and © 1998 Kouyu Shurei
Read right to left; Graphic novel; b&w.

Exquisite beings known as “Alichinos” have a reputation for granting wishes to mortals, so a young woman frantically seeks one out so her brother can be brought back from the dead. En route she encounters a beautiful boy named Tsugiri who educates her in the price that must be paid for their help.

Kouyu Shurei has crafted a beautifully drawn gothic world that’s left vague enough so it could either be ours or not, ruled by a race of incredibly powerful immortals. They owe something both to traditional faeries and Ann Rice’s charming, aristocratic vampires, except that these spellbinding parasites aren’t after mere blood; they gain power by devouring a human’s soul. The Alichino are supposed to be fascinating, in the original “dangerously compelling” sense of the word. But, once you’ve scraped away their surface sheen, they’re just another batch of not particularly interesting supernatural scumbags. And, as pretty as the art is, it fails as a story, because it’s difficult to empathize either with them, their retinue of hangers–on, or even their human victims.

— S.A. Bennett

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