The fifth volume marks a darker chapter– all is not wine and roses. A case lands on our pair’s plate that at first appears routine, if a bit gruesome ø a couple murdered in their home, no immediate motive, no leads to the perp. Triggers start to sound for Ryo, though, and while he appears normal on the surface, Dee senses something is seriously wrong with his partner. With a little investigation of his own, Dee pieces together enough to realize that this case is a mirror of Ryo’s own parents’ murders, down to the weapon and M.O. Ryo, out of control with rage and grief, gets a chance to confront his parents’ killer with only Dee and a wavering sense of right and wrong to keep him from a very tempting retribution. In the aftermath of that disastrous meeting, Ryo breaks down and attempts to blank out his actions and take comfort in Dee’s arms, but for all the wrong reasons–can Dee resist the offer of everything he’s been waiting so to have? This volume also offers a welcome focus on J.J. which shows him to be a lot more than Dee’s ardent shadow–we finally see him as a principled and decent cop who faces the sudden shift of loyalties in his old partner and friend with understanding, regret and grace.

Fake Volume 5
ISBN: 9781591823308
By Sanami Matoh
Tokyopop 2004

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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