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From Eroica with Love 1

Authors: Yasuko Aoike

Publisher: CMX

Categories: Drama, Romance

ISBN: 978-1401205195

Lending Period: 7 days


This classic manga effort might be overlooked by the casual
book-rack browser, but irreverent fun lurks within its pages. A
parody of the girls' comics/bishonen ("beautiful male") genre,
this satire owes a strong visual debt to Riyoko Ikeda's
memorable 1972 manga series, The Rose of Versailles. The story
follows the adventures of three British teens with keen
interests in the fine arts whose lives are changed by their
chance encounter with Earl Dorian Red Gloria. Gloria's
flamboyant wardrobe would make Ziggy Stardust suffer an aneurysm
out of sheer jealousy, but his sartorial style is merely an
accessory to his true calling, which is masterminding
international art heists by his gang of homosexual operatives
under the nom de crime of Eroica. The series plays fast and
loose with the genre's conventions; it features guys who are far
prettier than any of the female characters, leading characters
with superhuman powers granted to them for no apparent reason by
a mysterious old man, simmering homoeroticism and homophobia,
and the characters' awareness of and commentary upon their state
as manga characters. The narrative builds to loopy heights best
appreciated by fans of the genre, though even casual readers
will enjoy this volume.

Availability: Available (Not Available for Children)

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