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Deserter Junji Ito Story Collection Manga (Hardcover)

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SKU: 9781974719860

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About Deserter Junji Ito Story Collection Manga (Hardcover)

Deserter features story and art by Junji Ito.

An ever-increasing malice. A mind-numbing terror. The seeds of horror are sown in this collection of Junji Ito’s earliest works.

A vengeful family hides an army deserter for eight years after the end of World War II, cocooning him in a false reality where the war never ended. A pair of girls look alike, but they aren’t twins. And a boy’s nightmare threatens to spill out into the real world…

This hauntingly strange story collection showcases a dozen of Junji Ito’s earliest works from when he burst onto the horror scene, sowing fresh seeds of terror.


  • Publisher: VIZ BOOKS
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Horror
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Release Date: 12/21/2021
  • Page Count: 392
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Written Language: English

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3 star rating out of 5

Some Highs Some Lows


This one was more of a mixed bag compared to the other collections. These being some of Ito's earlier stories I think that's forgivable. You can see him trying out idea's but they don't always work. The art starts out really rough but quickly improves. I thought there were 3 absolutely great stories, 2 bad stories, and the rest I thought we mid. The titular story deserter, placed at the end of this collection, concluded in a way that left me with chills.

Viz always knocks out the park with their presentation in these hardcover releases. The lettering was good. The translation didn't stick out to me. I am a big fan of anthologies and I can't wait for the next collection.

4 star rating out of 5

A Collection of Out-of-Print Early Stories

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Deserter is a collection of some of Junji Ito's early works, and essentially is a reprint of the long OOP Museum of Terror vol. 3 from Dark Horse with a new translation. A few of the stories are quite chilling, but this collection isn't exactly his best stories. It's great to have access to these again, and I welcome any Junji Ito tales to US publication.