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08/12/2005 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Chrono Code, vol. 1"

Chrono Code, Volume 1
Story by Eui-Cheol Shin
Art by Il-Ho Choi
Published by Tokyopop

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Three people lost in time and space struggle to find each other in hopes of changing destiny. With a satellite, secret code and "future" police on their tails they must rely on a girl, with amnesia, to unlock the secrets lost in the very time and space they now travel in.

Her friends, in the future, are the answer.

Chrono Code serves up a heavy does of SciFi Manga Action, that any aficionado will appreciate. The cool factor lies not only in the strength of the characters, but in the exceedingly sexy manga art. The Kum Do scene that takes place at the Dojo in the beginning pages of this volume, is so skillfully drawn one would be hard pressed to even want to see it as live action manga. These few pages offer a glimpse at the best of the best in manga art. Couple that skill with imaginative SciFi Tech pieces and the art alone dazzles.

The book cover itself is gorgeous and begs time and a bit of attention for it's beauty.

Chrono Code offers Character setup and storylines that crisscross in a delicate balance that create and relieve tension at just the right pace. Eui-Cheol Shin's talent at pacing is impressive and a delight to read. He plants comic relief like strategic landmines while balancing all with a strong purposeful storyline that carries the reader to the end.

A top notch addition to the Tokyopop lineup.

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