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The Tarot Cafe Collector's Edition Manga Volume 1 Review

The Tarot Cafe Collector's Edition Manga Volume 1 Review

-Written by: Will

Telling tales as old as time, Tarot Cafe breathes new life into beautiful stories of the heart.

This gothic romance centers around Pamela, who runs the titular Tarot Cafe in London. During the day she deals with normal customers, but after midnight strange creatures knock at her door. We meet vampires, fairies, and cat-people as they tell their tragic tales of love. The tarot cards reveal these different stories, and each story is beautifully depicted.

The artistry makes this book. The detail and mood the author is able to get out of black and white is outstanding. They make full use of space and panel layouts to emphasize the themes and meaning of the images. I should give props to the translation, which is really well done, giving characters distinct ‘voices’. This may sound like an anthology series, but make no mistake; there is more to Pamela that gets explored in later chapters.

What’s unique about this book is that it was written and published in South Korea (Korean comics are called manhwa). Korean is read left-to-right, so this is a good book for people getting into foreign titles.

This is a gothic series that must be read; it’ll sweep you off your feet and take you to fantastic places. Then it’ll stab you in the heart and you’ll love it.

The Tarot Cafe Collector's Edition Manga Volume 1

Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She'll help anyone, whether they're a love-stricken cat, a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love, an unattractive waitress looking for the man of her dreams, or even a magician who creates a humanoid doll to serve the woman he loves. Although she is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.

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