Rebirth, Vol. 1 by Woo

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From Publishers Weekly Since the only way to enjoy this title is to refuse to take any aspect of it seriously, readers can relax and chortle gleefully as they appreciate how the story and art work together in perfectly awful absurdity. In 1641, Romanian sorcerer Kalutika Maybus went insane and turned on his friend, the vampire Deshwitat, whom he paralyzed and sealed inside the body of a monster. Now, a group of scientists arrives on the scene to investigate paranormal activity and, as most of them are being killed by the monster, one sacrifices his life to protect his teenaged daughter by freeing the vampire. Meanwhile, a beautiful blonde exorcist also arrives, too late to help the humans but just in time to battle the vampire. The sensuously glowering vampire intends to keep his oath to the dead man, but he also wants revenge on Kalutika, preferably before the latter finishes his scheme to destroy Earth. Complementing the story, the art is active but incoherent. Adolescent male readers may enjoy panels showing the buxom exorcist wielding a crucifix while wearing a costume that looks like a teddy with a cape; bondage fans may enjoy the panels that show the exorcist and the teenaged girl writhing in the monsters' grip. This scene seems to go on forever, page after page of the characters talking endlessly as they struggle to break loose. There are a few hints that Woo knows how silly the whole thing is, but not enough to make this work more than cult entertainment for the audience that hooted at Plan Nine from Outer Space. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published March 11, 2003 by TokyoPop. 176 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult. Fiction

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