Bizenghast

 BIZE   (Tokyopop, 2005-2009)

™ and © 2005 M. Alice LeGrow
Graphic novel; Read right to left; b&w.

Pity poor, pretty Dinah. Having lost both her parents and her mind, she’s forced to live with her aunt in the spooky Gothic mansion called Bizenghast. Her lunacy allows her to see the ghosts that inhabit the old mill town she lives in, but they see her, too, and press her into their service.

She’s forced to free lost souls or pay a terrible price, helped only by her friend Vincent and an affable animal-familiar-mascot-type thing who shows up to teach both the ropes of the afterlife. While there are shudder-some dangers and infernal riddles to be unraveled, they’re revealed with a genteel restraint. The atmosphere here is more Poe and Tim Burton than Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

I’m not a big fan of Goth comics, but, then, M. Alice LeGrow has come up with a visual style that’s neither traditional Goth nor manga. Put plainly: This isn’t another mock manga; it’s a story that’s wholly its own, being told in what’s become known as the manga format.

— S.A. Bennett

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