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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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04/12/2005 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Van Von Hunter"

Van Von Hunter
by Mike Schwark and Ron Kaulfersch
Publisher: TOKYOPOP

Review by Tom Good

"You are in no position to make demands, Von Hunter! For I ...! I have the power of the Black Marble. Or as I like to call it, the Blarble!" -- Van Von Hunter

Van Von Hunter has characters with amnesia, with physically impossible hairstyles, and with weapons so huge that the heroes need magical enchantments just to lift them. It has sexy barmaids, cryptic legends, giant shoulder pads, dangerous artifacts, and tortured, awkward exposition. It has characters who need everything explained to them, but who fail to heed the explanations until it is too late. In short, it contains every horrible cliche of fantasy adventure manga. Good thing, then, that Van Von Hunter is a parody.

This book is often laugh-out-loud funny, especially if you read enough manga to recognize the common elements being lampooned. My favorite part was when the heroes stopped to read the "Manual of Exposition" in order to find out more about their quest. The art is cute, and you can get a good look at it online at www.vanvonhunter.com. After reading this, it becomes awfully hard to read a serious manga without imagining the VVH characters jumping in and making fun of it, MST3K style. I hope the effects wear off in time for my next review.

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