At the prestigious and elite Marhawa High School in Singapore, a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. Called in to investigate, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky find themselves caught up in a deadly and growing tragedy. As things get rapidly out of hand, Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance arrive on the scene, while behind it all a mysterious figure looms.
Author: Naoki Seriza
Publisher: Viz LLC
Release Date: 4/12/2014
My Chosen Format: Paperback
My Rating of ‘Resident Evil: Marhawa Desire Vol 1’: 4 out of 5
I’ll start off by saying that I have only seen a couple of the movies and have never bothered with the videogames. That being said, I do love a bit of zombie fun. So, when my friend said ‘I’ve got the first four volumes of these Resident Evil graphic novels, do you want them for free?’ I leapt at the chance (gotta love those minimalists, giving things away they don’t want). Seeing as how I have never picked the games up or fussed over the films, the fact that this was a prequel to Resident Evil 6 was totally unimportant to me.
The artwork on the cover drew me in straight away. It just looks fantastic and, pretty much, encapsulates the Resident Evil vibe that one comes to expect. Upon opening the first few pages, you are greeted by some seriously awesome, seriously dark and gory art. All in full colour to really get that blood and gore goodness leaping off the page. As you turn more pages, you are still hit with good quality artwork but you fast realise that the full colour was just to whet your appetite and lure you in. The art, from here on out, is all in black and white. Not that that in any way takes any of the potency from the artwork away. It only serves to give it a grittier feel when the teeth come out and the blood starts to flow.
The story revolves around a zombie outbreak at a prestigious school called the Marhawa High School. The head mistress calls in Professor Doug White (rather than you know, someone who would be able to contain this properly and see that nothing untoward comes of it … but reputations need to be maintained!) in the hopes of keeping the problem under wraps and the reputation of the school as high and mighty as it always has been. Doug, and his nephew/assistant, Ricky, quickly get swept up into a fast-moving story of love, lust and zombie (with some intriguing backstory thrown in to keep things interesting on all possible fronts).
What this graphic novel does well is flesh out pretty much all of the characters or, in the absence of said fleshing, make you at least care about the more minor ones that pop up as larger parts of the tale. None of them feel like fodder or background characters. It also, in true Japanese style, is filled to bursting with school girls wearing skimpy skirts and displaying humongous amounts of cleavage. And flawless good looks, obviously.
I am looking forward to getting through my reading pile so I can get stuck into the next volume, especially with how the first one ended; leaving the reader high on mystery and intrigue. It really makes you want to keep plowing on throughout the volumes.