October 26, 2009

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Quck Hits: Tarot Cafe Volumes 1-3

Tarot Cafe #1
Written by Sang-Sun Park
Illustrated by Sang-Sun Park
Toykopop

This is the first book in a series about Pamela, a Tarot reader with some secrets of her own. In this mostly set up first volume, we don't learn as much about Pamela as the clients who come to see her. The biggest thing I learned? Be careful what you ask the answers to! This is done in a very pretty line-drawn style that I enjoy quite a bit, and the stories are well-written. Probably the best manwha I've read, not that I read very many.







Tarot Cafe Volume 2
Written by Sang-Sun Park
Illustrated by Sang-Sun Park
Toykopop

Continuing the adventures of Pamela, the Tarot reader. This is done in a very pretty line-drawn style that I enjoy quite a bit, and the stories are well-written. This volume brings some continuity to the series, moving away from the random stories of volume one and tying things into Pamela's past a bit more, along with the standby of any good manga/manhwa series--recurring characters. Definitely worth checking out.







Tarot Cafe Volume 3
Written by Sang-Sun Park
Illustrated by Sang-Sun Park
Tokyopop

By this third volume, we're getting to know Pamela's past quite a bit more, and that actually detracts a bit from the book's appeal. While I like getting backstory for our protagonists, it felt like this time around, it was a bit distracting from the theme of the manhwa. However, I still liked it quite a bit. This is done in a very pretty line-drawn style that I enjoy and the stories continue to be very strong, if a bit off the point this time around. This manhwa comes strongly recommended.