Vampires aren’t just popular in American fiction; they’re popular in manga too, with such series as Vampire Hunter D and Vampire Knight, to give only two examples. THE REFORMED, then, is an American-made manga, also known as an OEL manga. While it sticks with many basic principles in vampiric storytelling --- like brooding male vampires and large, gothic mansions --- it never feels trite. In fact, it stands out for its lovely atmospheric art and interesting storyline. All in all, it’s a gratifying read.
Christopher Hart, the writer, describes the book this way: “Can a vampire ever find redemption? Can a vampire ever be forgiven? Giancarlo is a vampire and a cold-blooded killer by nature, until he meets the woman who would be his next victim and sees something in her that causes