Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Waffle Wednesdays: Black Butler Vol. 2

By Yana Toboso
3 /5 Gnomes

As high society's social calendar opens up and the Season draws to a close, London is gripped by fear. Someone has taken to stalking women of the night and painting the town red...in their blood. The name on everyone's lips seems to be "Jack the Ripper" - and as a result, the name on Queen Victoria's lips is Phantomhive. Summoned to London to clean up the mess created by this madman, Ciel Phantomhive arrives with Sebastian, his extraordinary butler, at his side to pour him tea, polish his silver, and...investigate a serial killer. And with the aid (and occasional interference) of a few of the Phantomhive house's numerous acquaintances, little stands in the way of the young earl getting to the bottom of this mystery. However, one question remains...can he handle the shattering truth behind it?
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The story continues when Sebastian and the Earl of Phantomhive travel to London to catch the notorious "Jack the Ripper".  I'm really starting to like this one.  Bits and pieces of the back story are finally being told, and the mystery behind the world's greatest butler is being revealed.  The dude is a machine.  Not only is he a wicked baker and makes an amazing cup of tea, but he works with the most incompetent staff and has to do their work too.  It wouldn't be so bad to have a this ninja suited man at your beck and call, feeding you tasty yummies.

It does, of course, take a rather strange turn when Ciel dresses like a girl to try to lure the Ripper out into the open at a party, all while being chased by his one-day bride.  He already looked extremely effeminate to me, so it was a stretch to see him in a dress.  But then, everyone seems girly-esque to me in manga because of the long hair and slender features.

I'm learning.  It's a process.  Luckily the teens that fill the library after school can school me in the wacky manga world.  Like when characters are all of the sudden tiny with humongous eyes and lots of exclamation marks floating above their heads.  Different...

To keep up the momentum, I'm dedicating Wednesdays to manga and graphic novels for awhile.  This here blog will force me to take the plunge into this unique format.  For all of the lovers out there, I'm trying.  I really am.  Now for a very important question: what should I actually call this venture.  "Manga Wednesdays" doesn't fit, because I'd also like to dive into some graphic novels.  And "Graphic Wednesdays" sounds like I'll be discussing Fifty Shades of Grey each week.

For now, I think I'm going to go with "Waffle Wednesdays" because I like alliteration, and because waffles are compact and tasty, just like manga and graphic novels.  Geez...that's a stretch.  Truthfully, I just wanted a "w" word, and waffle was the first thing that popped into my head.  If you've got a suggestion, I'd love to hear it!

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