VIZ. Dec. 2020. 256p. tr. from Japanese by Jocelyne Allen. ISBN 9781974717477. $22.99. Rated: Mature. horror
In an unspecified future, a brilliant scientist identifies a new planet and names it Remina, after his teenage daughter, who reluctantly embraces her newfound celebrity. Suddenly, the planet careens across the solar system, destroying everything in its path only to stop in proximity to Earth, revealing a gargantuan eyeball and horrific tentacle-like tongue large enough to enwrap and destroy the moon upon its surface. When a panicked populace embraces the idea that sacrificing the girl might banish her namesake, a relentlessly paced battle for survival ensues, as Remina and a homeless man dedicated to her defense endure endless waves of attackers who only become more bloodthirsty as sandstorms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rage across the globe.
VERDICT Ito (Venus in the Blind Spot) is internationally renowned as a master of creeping terror and surrealistically nightmarish imagery, and while this new volume lacks in the former, it raises the bar when it comes to the latter, presenting unforgettable images that range from a gruesome crucifixion to a lascivious tongue lashing a continent-sized groove across the planet. A berserk thrill.
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