Let me start by saying that anyone who likes reading horror must own something by Junji Ito.
For me, this guy is the master of horror manga, and responsible for quite a few creepy dreams that have haunted my head.
Each book I’ve read of his has had at least five stand-out images of a truly grotesque and terrifying nature. Uzumaki and Fragments of Horror come to mind when speaking of art that goes beyond macabre!
Thing is, I love his art very.
Junji Ito’s work is truly stunning, and I love it when I turn the page and find something that makes me squirm.
Tomie is a book I’ve been meaning to get to for ages. Happily, I picked up this epic collection for a bargain price at a local comic store. Over 750 pages for £15?
No way could I resist!
As soon as I got home, I settled down and made a start on this mighty saga of a supernatural siren.
It was SO good.
Tomie is a tale of a beautiful girl who seduces men with an unnatural ease. Unfortunately, seduction then leads to madness, which then progresses to murder and mutilation.
There are times when the story becomes almost surreal and really bloody odd. It also wanders into Lovecraftian territory with its body horror weirdness.
You see, it doesn’t matter how often Tomie gets hacked into pieces, she always comes back.
You just can’t keep a good succubus down, right?
No spoilers from this reader. I suggest you take the plunge and enter Tomie’s world. Do it like I did, and enjoy in chunks, as it is a mighty tome. It’s definitely a book that would cause serious bruising if dropped on a bare foot.
As for the artwork, it is just awesome. I liked how Junji Ito’s style evolved as the story progressed.
And yes, there are some pretty amazing and seriously screwed-up pieces of art to enjoy.
While not as bonkers as the brilliant Uzumaki, Tomie is a must-have horror collection.
Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with her.
Hee hee hee…