I picked up Shinku#1 straight off the rack at Chucks Comics, my local comic shop on the cover alone. Asian chick, with katana in motorbike leathers looked interesting, a quick flick through the pages, a decapitation in the first four pages of what looked like a vampire and I was sold.
Intrigued that this may be a new take on the vampire slayer genre and I liking the Kill Bill vibe I picked it up, and it didn’t disappoint.
Here is the basics – Shinku is the last descendant of the Tatadaka Samurai clan, who have been at war with a rival clan of samurai who happen to be vampires. This is told in flashback as Shinku rescues Davis, a nerdy programmer type who fell into Shinku’s world after attempt to score some alley action with a goth girl, who turned out to be a vampire.
I actually like what I’ve read so far, the art by Lee is very cinematic, the initial sequence when Shinku rides to Davis’ rescue is nicely done and it felt more like a anime than anything else.
As we are being introduced to this world through Davis’ eyes you don’t have to worry about being up to speed about Shinku and you can enjoy the ride. The book doesn’t hold back and it looks like gory action ahead as Shinku takes revenge for her clan. I’m excited to see what happens next.
3.5 thumbs up out of 5