Saturday, January 17, 2009

Junji Ito - Uzumaki, Vol. 1 (2001, VIZ Media)

This essential horror manga involves a town whose inhabitants become victims of the unusual recurrence of spirals. Previously successful with the series Tomie, Ito juggled his dentistry job and his hobby (inspired by reading Kazuo Umezu's comics) well into the 1990s before both Uzumaki and Tomie were made into films. After this, he did Gyo which centers around the "death stench", a revolting smell first encountered in connection with creatures appearing to be bizarre fishes with scuttling, sharp metal legs. Gyo and Uzumaki have been recently reprinted by VIZ Media here.

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