Pandora Hearts, Vol. 1 by Jun Mochizuki. This is my first Manga, and while I wasn't urged to read this book specifically, I have a friend out there (helloo Frannie!) who is also new to Manga and totally into it. But I am sure glad I only got the one volume without being greedy like usual, because I don't expect to be reading any more Mangas in the near future. It's just not my thing. The storyline was promising as anything - who doesn't like Alice in Wonderland? Fish out of water? Japanese art? Who never read comics as a kid? I loved my Marvel Barbie comics, myself. There was a real special one where Barbie goes to the pyramids of Egypt, that I think my brother screwed up somehow and my dad had to iron the covers out. A precious gem, that!
Pandora Hearts, not so precious. I couldn't follow the story, and even less the characters -- I get that one has black hair and the other some kind of white-blonde (the graphics are of course black-and-white), but then all of a sudden, there's another black-haired character! And then another white-haired character! And for some reason they all seemed to be wearing old-timey European clothes -- I'm not smart on the actual fashions of "ancient Japanese styles" but I was expecting something at least remotely foreign-seeming, and that's kinda what drew me to the Mangas. Instead I got a slip-shod story with some all-right-I-guess-it's-good? artwork (not familiar with degrees of good-ness, sorry), and characters that were actually pretty annoying where they were actually decipherable in the mess. I guess the author liked Carroll's Alice and punched out a couple strange, senseless turns of events and voila. Maybe I'm not indie enough or something. Thoughts? Anyone want to hit me over the head with Paradise Kiss, perhaps?