Queen Emeraldas 1 by Leiji Matsumoto

Queen Emeraldas 1 by Leiji Matsumoto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Kodansha Comics
First in Japan, 2009
Source: Received a print copy from Penguin Random House Canada

Queen Emeraldas (#1)

This is stunning and beautiful. The art is fantastic. There is a lot of negative space, a lot of black. Some characters are realistic while others are cartoonish. In fact, the male lead reminded me of Weirdly Gruesome from The Flinstones! LOL. The story is gorgeous with an ethereal sense to it. Emeraldas is a very mysterious woman and we only learn a bit about her or the other characters. And yet, it is violent, not graphically but this is a world where survival of the fittest rules, more to the point survival of the fastest draw. I loved looking at it as much as reading and can't wait to see where the plot will go with the second volume. This is also a beautiful book, hardcover with slick glossy pages.