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Uzumaki vol. 3

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Junji Ito
Publisher: Viz

Commentary

The village of Kurozu-cho has been decimated, the snail people have returned and the contagious infection spreads. There's little hope for the remaining townsfolk who have taken refuge in the few row homes left standing.

For the spirals are winning...

Junji Ito's final chapter in the UZUMAKI trilogy is an eerie book filled with terrifying encounters and well-timed pauses that crescendo with an unsettling climatic showdown between our protagonist, Kirie, and the heart of the spiral evil. To reveal anymore ruins the fun; suffice it to say that the finale is equally unpredictable as it is baffling. But I'm sure you've figured that out by now if you've come this far down the road.

This third volume completes what I'd consider to be the seminal horror comic of the nineties. There isn't anything that comes close to matching its combination of macabre horror, physical terror and sheer originality. With its conclusion, Junji Ito solidified his position as Japan's reining horror master.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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