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After a swordfight, Amane, a young samurai with a haunted past, is left for dead—only to be saved by a mysterious tattooist who imbues Amane with the immortal spirit of an oni demon. From that day on, Amane ages no more. Amane learns of another with a similar oni—one that requires its host to kill—which leads Amane to the realization that the “other” is the man who murdered After a swordfight, Amane, a young samurai with a haunted past, is left for dead—only to be saved by a mysterious tattooist who imbues Amane with the immortal spirit of an oni demon. From that day on, Amane ages no more. Amane learns of another with a similar oni—one that requires its host to kill—which leads Amane to the realization that the “other” is the man who murdered his sister years ago. But when his decades-long quest for the murderer causes him to cross paths with a maniacal serial killer intent on murdering the woman Amane loves, the only one who can help him is the man who killed his sister. Collects the four-issue miniseries.


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After a swordfight, Amane, a young samurai with a haunted past, is left for dead—only to be saved by a mysterious tattooist who imbues Amane with the immortal spirit of an oni demon. From that day on, Amane ages no more. Amane learns of another with a similar oni—one that requires its host to kill—which leads Amane to the realization that the “other” is the man who murdered After a swordfight, Amane, a young samurai with a haunted past, is left for dead—only to be saved by a mysterious tattooist who imbues Amane with the immortal spirit of an oni demon. From that day on, Amane ages no more. Amane learns of another with a similar oni—one that requires its host to kill—which leads Amane to the realization that the “other” is the man who murdered his sister years ago. But when his decades-long quest for the murderer causes him to cross paths with a maniacal serial killer intent on murdering the woman Amane loves, the only one who can help him is the man who killed his sister. Collects the four-issue miniseries.

32 review for The Immortal: Demon In The Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    The Immortal: Demon in the Blood is a fast read set in alternate universe steampunk Japan. There are a lot of elements of Japanese culture both real and mythic that are touched upon and the art is nice. Good storytelling with a nifty resolution.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abhinav

    You can find the full review over at Civilian Reader (guest review by me): http://civilian-reader.blogspot.co.uk... Samurai are a topic that I find quite fascinating. James Clavell’s Shogun, the tale of an Englishman in Japan at the time of the Portugese/Spanish influence on the island nation, is the novel that sparked my interest. Their sense of honour, their utter and calm lethality, their mysteries, their culture: everything. This fascination extends to the rest of Japanese culture and I’m alwa You can find the full review over at Civilian Reader (guest review by me): http://civilian-reader.blogspot.co.uk... Samurai are a topic that I find quite fascinating. James Clavell’s Shogun, the tale of an Englishman in Japan at the time of the Portugese/Spanish influence on the island nation, is the novel that sparked my interest. Their sense of honour, their utter and calm lethality, their mysteries, their culture: everything. This fascination extends to the rest of Japanese culture and I’m always up for a variety of anime that showcase it, in all their myriad ways. Ian Edginton’s script for the comic adaptation of Fumi Nakamura’s Ura-Enma has continued that love for me. It is a story that meshes samurai with oni, Japanese demons, and is a tale set in roughly the Gunpowder era. There is honour, betrayal, treachery, love, and romance, along with a certain bit of horror to the proceedings. As a whole, the 4-issue series is slightly lacking in places, as it compresses a much larger work into the limited real estate of a comic. That being said, I found The Immortal to be a great read that held my interest from start to finish. Never once was I bored with it, and I was rather sad that it had ended. The graphic novel begins on a shaky note as we are quickly introduced to the protagonist, Amane Ichinose, as he lies dying after being found guilty of betraying the Shinsegumi Samurai. It’s shaky in that, while the beginning itself is not abrupt, we rush through the panels to get to the really good bits as Amane is given a new lease on life, thanks to an oni-tattoo on his dominant hand – a tattoo that indicates he shares his body with a demon, whose power he can call on as he wishes. The hero comes to grips with his new situation fairly quickly and what follow are his adventures as an oni-tattooist seeking the man who killed his sister. This is a really great story, one that holds your attention throughout. Edginton’s script hits all the notes that I expected out of the story, and also offers some great twists. Amane, despite the shaky start, is a character that I grew to like and understand, although the comic doesn’t spend enough time on his personal thoughts about the murderer he has been hunting for close to two decades. The character evolves over the four issues, in a way that, while not deep, is... different. Not something that is easy to put into words. He is the hero of the story throughout, but he is also much more. Imagine that the hero is fused with the wise, Old Teacher character, and you wouldn’t be too far off. Amane Ichinose had that vibe. There are other characters, of course, but only one of them is prominent in the sense that she is in multiple issues: Amane’s adopted sister Natsu, the daughter of one of the Shinsegumi samurai that he betrayed almost twenty years ago. Her character gives the impression of depth, but it’s not something that I felt was captured well in the script, as she isn’t explored as well or as much as Amane, even though she is just as crucial to story in the second half. If Edginton had the benefit of two more issues, this could no doubt have been addressed. The villain of the story is someone who doesn’t make an appearance until much later and that robs him of a little bit of the intimidating effect he would have had otherwise. As with Natsu, I thought he wasn’t being done justice, but I still liked how he turns out. Not a typical villain by any measure, which makes the story that much fresher than anything else in the same genre.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ The Immortal: Demon in The Blood combines miniseries comics 1-4 into one volume, completing the story. The book features gorgeous full color art with both historical Japanese elements (the Shinsengumi!) with an alternate universe steampunk type Victorian Tokyo with supernatural elements. The results are stunning but the writing is uneven and characterization is the casualty of such a short 96 page book. Story: At the e More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ The Immortal: Demon in The Blood combines miniseries comics 1-4 into one volume, completing the story. The book features gorgeous full color art with both historical Japanese elements (the Shinsengumi!) with an alternate universe steampunk type Victorian Tokyo with supernatural elements. The results are stunning but the writing is uneven and characterization is the casualty of such a short 96 page book. Story: At the end of the 1800s, Shogun controlled Japan is fading and a new era is dawning: one of a steam empire. For betraying the Shinsengumi, Amane is hunted and then attacked by his colleagues. Left to die, he is found by a tattoo artist who saves him - but the price is that Amane now houses a demon and is immortal. Changing his name to Enma at the death of the his tattoo master, he spends decades looking for the master's previous apprentice - a man who also houses a demon and who murdered Enma's sister. Taking the responsibility of caring for his former Sinsengumi colleague's now orphaned daughter Natsu, Enma lives through the transition of Japan from feudal entity to steampunk nation. All the while searching for the other murdering apprentice; as fate would have it, the former apprentice will find him. As mentioned above, the illustration work in this volume is absolutely gorgeous. If the story had been given more time to unwind (as with the original Japanese novel, Ura-Enma by Fumi Nakamura, from which this was taken), a lot of the story would have made much more sense and surely would have been more poignant. As it is, this felt very much like a Reader's Digest condensed version of a really good story. We never get to know most of the other characters well and therefore never become invested in them (especially in the case of Natsu the daughter, Kuro the cat, and gaijin Jack). There are clever twists to the plot and I was hooked from page one. The payoff at the end, though, came out of left field and really needed a Chekov's gun in the first act to make sense of it. But all the same, it's a novel I will enjoy rereading and simply enjoying the wonderful steampunk and feudal Japan illustrations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    May

    Okay I'm going to admit that after reading this graphic novel, I was confused. It's just that I couldn't quite make out what exactly this graphic novel is suppose to be about--the decline of the Samurai era, the rise of foreign influence on 19th century Japan, demonic possession, a Romeo-Juliet love story, Asian steampunk or a murder mystery involving a well-known 19th century serial killer? Actually this novel is all of these things which needless to say, is very frustrating. By trying to combi Okay I'm going to admit that after reading this graphic novel, I was confused. It's just that I couldn't quite make out what exactly this graphic novel is suppose to be about--the decline of the Samurai era, the rise of foreign influence on 19th century Japan, demonic possession, a Romeo-Juliet love story, Asian steampunk or a murder mystery involving a well-known 19th century serial killer? Actually this novel is all of these things which needless to say, is very frustrating. By trying to combine all of these elements, they mask poor character development. The author is stringing far too many storytelling elements together create a muddled storyline in which you neither care for or want to root for Amane, the hero. A really shame such this graphic novel had such potential to be more than your typical "slay the demon of the week" novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Μανώλης Φραγγίδης

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    Claire Farrell

  7. 4 out of 5

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  8. 4 out of 5

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    Devlin Scott

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    Kenneth Gitz

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    Jonas Magnusson

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    Monica Lopez

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