Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Manga Review: Judge, Vol. 1 Paperback

I've finished "Judge Vol. 1" by Yoshiki Tonogai.

Envy, lust, sloth, wrath, gluttony, pride, greed.

A group of sinners who bear the guilt of the seven deadly sins has been gathered in an old courthouse to face judgement. To leave this place alive, they must offer up a sacrifice - one of their number. As the trial begins, who will the gavel fall on first?

About the Author

Before making his manga debut with Doubt, Yoshiki Tonogai was an assistant to Soul Eater creator Atsushi Ohkubo. Tonogai followed up his hit horror series Doubt with another survival horror title called Judge, and has also contributed to the Higurashi When They Cry series.

Product Details
Series: Judge (Book 1)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (August 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316252662
ISBN-13: 978-0316252669

My Review:

This manga deals with psychological matters that involves the 7 deadly sins.  Hiro was in love with a friend who is dating his older brother.  He was going to let her know how he felt after telling his brother their date is an hour later.  Now he has to overcome the guilt his brother died in an accident.  When he wakes up from his flashback he finds himself handcuffed and with a mask over his head.  He manages to break free and go down a corridor and finds other teenagers with masks over their heads and they are locked up.

While in this room he learns the true nature of the Judge Game only four survivors will live and every hour everyone has to choose someone as sacrifice to die by a majority of votes.  Hiro doesn't believe that anyone has to die and the solution is to vote for themselves and someone will be looking for them soon.

This is a very satisfying psychological murder mystery and it keeps you guessing who the actual killer is among the survivors and who is running the show.  


Thanks Hachette Book Group Canada/Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

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