Review

Godchild, Volume 1

by Kaori Yuki

Mix Sherlock Holmes's talent for deduction, a devil's deviousness, a soldier's loyalty, an unfortunate talent for getting wrapped up in gruesome murder investigations, and a truly stunning teenage guy and shake well. Meet Lord Cain Hargreaves. In 19th century London, Cain is the heir of the noble but notorious Hargreaves family, playing the role of a fetching bachelor and currently the favorite gentleman detective of his social set. He solves mysteries while navigating the labyrinthine politics and social climbing shenanigans of his peers, all the while haunted by an elusive nemesis who pulls the strings behind many of the crimes Cain investigates.

Cain has few people he can trust: his manservant Riff is a constant companion, bodyguard, and silent support, while Cain's young half-sister Mary Weather connects him with a more innocent world and remains his one weakness. Cain has everything you want in an emotionally distant hottie --- elegant fashion sense, calculating conversation, rapier wit, keen intelligence, and great hair. And, of course, a dark past with a secret. The crimes he dissects in this first volume, including an ALICE IN WONDERLAND-inspired serial killer, an entirely too creepy doll collection, and young women paying any price to become beautiful, are unsettling, splatter-filled, and deliciously in line with the melodramatic, horrific traditions of Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley.

Yuki's artwork is gothic, shadowed, and full of rich period detail, and her character designs, full of sleepy-eyed pretty boys and Victorian beauties showing off their hourglass figures, are perfect for setting the mood. If you love period mysteries with a horror edge, GODCHILD is definitely for you.

Reviewed by Robin Brenner on October 18, 2011

Godchild, Volume 1
by Kaori Yuki

  • Publication Date: March 7, 2006
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 142150233X
  • ISBN-13: 9781421502335