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Eternity, Volume 3 by Park Jin-Ryong
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Eternity, Volume 3

by Park Jin-Ryong

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This review was originally written for the website ListerX.com, which is now defunct. It can also be found on my blog, The Graphic Librarian.

Cover
At this point there's no reason to assume that the covers are really going to get any better. Tokyopop keeps changing the style and color of the bricks, but I'm not sure if they're doing it to add variety or if it's some attempt to fix their mistake. Regardless, this cover isn't any better or any worse than the first two. I will say, however, that these new bricks go nicely with the green and yellow color scheme. However, the main image is in such drastic stylistic contrast with them that they do nothing to salvage the overall design.

Artwork
As always, the major fight scenes are excellent! The panels are easy to follow and the action is fast paced. There's also some fabulous single shot character art in this volume. While most can be seen at the chapter breaks, a few more are interspersed throughout the story. Aram in her school uniform is super cute and Gwanun's pose at the beginning of chapter 20, besides looking absolutely amazing, is drawn with near perfect detail. However, this volume is far from flawless; there appear to be more areas where the line work is sloppy and unfinished.

Plot
**Possible Spoilers Warning**

This volume opens with the Gang of Six learning of Jojo's reappearance. They decide that since Jojo assisted Jangbang and Gwanun in their fight that the three of them must be working together. The Six know that they're not strong enough to attack Jojo directly, so they decide to go after Jangbang and Gwanun instead. The Gang's first move is to attack Jangbang at school and, as usual, Gwanun appears to get in the way. However, it becomes apparent that there's more to this womanizing reincarnation when he takes a direct blow to his already injured forehead and remains entirely un-phased. He drags Jangbang to safety and on the way meets Yubin, who's just transferred to Jangbang's school.

Aram, with her knowledge of the six ominous signs surrounding Gwanun, is disturbed to hear about the recent attack and decides that to protect her master she must take matters into her own hands. But is enrolling at Gwanun's school really a good idea? Her charges, on the other hand, appear to have more 'earthly' concerns at heart; Gwanun and Yubin have decided that Jangbang needs a girl and they have taken it upon themselves to find him one, though it seems they have ulterior motives, as well.

Meanwhile, Jojo has begun to swiftly and smoothly take care of business. I'm still not entirely clear on what his motives are, though it seems pretty obvious that he must also be a reincarnation. With the tongue and speed of a serpent, Jojo has begun his assault on the Gang of Six, but does he merely want revenge for what they did to him all those years ago? Or does he want something more?

Content Warnings
Language = Yes.

Violence = Yes.

Nudity = Yes, but nothing overly graphic.

Sexual Situations = Yes, but only a mild mention of looking at "nudie" magazines.

Ratings
Cover - 2/10 - Tokyopop just can't seem to get this right.

Artwork - 7/10 - Hmm, the line work seemed a bit sloppier than normal.

Plot - 7/10 - A lot going on and a bit hard to follow, but everything kept me asking, "What's going to happen next?"

Overall - 7/10 - I've given up on the cover, but the plot is still managing to keeping my interest. ( )
  purpledragon42 | Oct 12, 2009 |
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