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Heavenshield: Volume 1    by Ryu Blackman order for
by Ryu Blackman
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TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
*   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Post-apocalyptical worlds are common settings for SF manga, especially Original English Language ones such as Heavenshield by Ryu Blackman. War machines and lizard-like entities fill the pages of this story about Sepulveda Ramos (aka Carrot) as she and her band of mercenaries are hired by the government to stop a military coup. Of course, the fight of good versus evil rages on, complete with big explosions and many dialogue-less fight scenes.

Blackman has a very distinct drawing style that readers will either love or hate. At some points, the shading almost overtakes his chisel-faced humans and sharp-edged machines, but he does keep the action moving, even if the storyline falls apart in places. One word of warning to potential readers of Heavenshield: the language in the story is very strong, warranting a higher age rating than the OT (16+) listed on the cover.

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