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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3: 07/22/14

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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3 by Gail Carriger is the conclusion of the manga series and covers the events of Blameless. Before Alexia and Conall can get back together, she must face the Knights Templar in Italy, and he must take care of the vampire problem now that Akeldama is missing.

At the launch party for Crudrat, Carriger mentioned that volume 3 is the conclusion of the manga conversion for two reasons. First and foremost the artist, Rem, has other projects on her plate. Secondly, the publisher and the illustrator are both unsure how to present some rather adult (meaning messy) stuff in the fourth book relating to Alexia's advanced state of pregnancy and the rather unusual location of Prudence's birth.

Now as you'll recall from my review of Blameless, this was my least favorite of the series. Conall is a complete drunken twit and most plots involving the Knights Templar make me want to gouge my eyes out (the exception being Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

But I like Rem's work and I love graphic novels and manga. So it was a no brainer to re-read the book as a manga. Thankfully as a graphic novel Conall's formaldehyde binge and Alexia's excessive shouting are both condensed as are later scenes of the Knights Templar being holier than thou twats.

Basically, Rem's artwork turns the silliest of the of scenes into something fun.

My husband with Gail Carriger.
My husband with Gail Carriger.

Five stars

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