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Junko Mizuno's Fairy Tales:
Cinderalla (vol. 1)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Junko Mizuno
Publisher: Viz


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Okay, it's Cinderella. But Cinderella is played by a fetish Powerpuff Girl. And she works at her father's yakitori restaurant. Until he dies. But then he comes back as a zombie. And he has a new family. And there's a terrible secret behind the provenance of his special sauce.

No no no, stay there.

You've never seen guts drawn so cutely. You've never seen a Powerpuff Girl chewing up dead chicks, either. This is everything that Japanese comics were always threatened to be in the scare stories: sexual insanity, flying innards, skewed v-movie plot devices, a distinctly sideways sense of humour.

And, y'know, a Powerpuff Girl in fetish gear. It manages to be funny and vaguely sickening all at once. It makes you feel dirty.

I like that.

-- Warren Ellis

 
Warren Ellis has written around thirty graphic novels, comics, prose fiction, journalism, videogames and screenplays. Sometimes he take photographs. He also creates and co-creates websites, including this one. He has awards and stuff, he's been in big magazines and newspapers, and he's been published in Nature, which he always mentions because it makes him laugh. He's on the web at warrenellis.com and diepunyhumans.com.

 


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