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24th May 2008

Not So Bad 1

Rating: ♦♦♦

Meet Eunhee. He’s a young, up-and-coming movie star suffering from ennui.

Meet Gain. He’s a young vagrant who’s just looking for a warm place to crash for the night.

Eunhee has a rare moment of compassion when he finds Gain crumpled up outside of his apartment. Eunhee’s compassion extends even further when he offers to let Gain stay with him for a while. Euhnee is more of a loner than a gregarious sort, but there’s something about Gain that pushes him to acts of kindness.

When the nights grow cold, Gain sneaks into Eunhee’s bed to share warmth. Eunhee is really not a fan of sharing his bed, but again, there’s just something about Gain that pushes him to accept him.

And the boys find that they sleep better together than they do apart.

It’s a cute plot. It’s fairly predictable and at times silly, but it’s heartwarming all the same. It’s nice watching the two very cranky boys get under each other’s shells.

The art is something that takes some getting used to. I really enjoyed it, but it’s definitely not something that’s going to be for everyone.

Net Comics has done a great job with the presentation of this series. The only thing I really have a complaint with is how they’re categorizing their Boys Love releases, but I’m not going to go on a terminology rant today. I’m just glad that Net Comics did not succumb to the trend of americanizing their releases. This book is set in Korea and it’s very obvious that it’s set in Korea.

It’s nice and cute and, as it seems to be the trend with this company, not smutty at all. It’s just a nice, sticky-sweet story.

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24th May 2008

Not So Bad 2

Rating: ♦♦

Eunhee and Gain have found that they sleep better together than they do apart. So what happens when they are sleeping away from each other? They start falling apart at the seams. Eunhee can’t sleep, can’t take care of himself and has to be hospitalized for exhaustion. Gain isn’t sleeping either and is being haunted by a stalker who wants more out of him than he can give.

Together they find that they are stronger together than they are apart. Now it’s just a matter of trying to find a balance between two very strong personalities.

I was slightly disappointed in this release. The story didn’t flow as smoothly as it did in volume one and the whole thing just felt very disjointed. The characters all look very similar and I found myself having to read the pages over and over to try to figure out who was talking to whom. There were also a couple of scenes that were drawn with very odd angles that made the characters look almost deformed.

It’s a sweet series and Net Comics did a great job with the presentation, I just found myself wanting more character development, less moping around and angsting for each other.

I don’t know if there is more of this series to come, but if there is, I hope that the characters spend more time together than they do apart. When they’re together and fighting, the scenes come alive. When they’re apart and whining, you just want to smack some sense into them. I liked them sniping at each other. I liked them fighting over silly little things. Apart they’re just pretty boys with bad attitudes.

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23rd May 2008

Roureville 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

First of all, let me just say that this is a series that takes a very long time to get going. There’s a lot of characters to introduce and a lot of situations to set up before the actual story can take off. The first book in the series spends most of the time getting started. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen once this series starts to pick up speed and take off.

We have Evan Pryce, a NYC journalist, who is a target after researching some unsavory characters, who gets assigned to a story that will take him far away from the city and out of harms way. He’s supposed to be covering ghost-sightings out in a town called Roureville. He’s not too pleased with this. He would much rather be in the city, but he’s going along with his editor’s wishes.

After many false leads, he finds Roureville. This town is odd. No one seems to want him there except for the odd Jayce, who invites Evan to come and stay with him. Odd things keep happening making Evan is now bound and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Done by the same artist who brought us Not So Bad the art in Roureville is gorgeous. Very lush and stylized. It really fits with the slightly creepy tone of the story. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where they’re going to go with this story. Hopefully, it will pick up speed within the next few releases.

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