Yes, I'm friendly with a few of the people involved in this anthology...BUT I bought it direct from DramaQueen just like any other Jane Shmoe riding the Internet surf, fair and square. No Holds Barred, Baby. XDNeculai, A. and O. Laila, eds. Rush: Issue #00. DramaQueen, 2006. Summary
: This pilot volume of the bimonthly anthology features the introductory chapters of four all-new (non-schooldays romance) BL serials: "Night and Day" by Akira Atsushi, "Children of Bones" by Theresa Zysk, "Master!" by Lara Yokoshima, and "Roulette" by Tina Anderson and Laura "Zel" Carboni. Comments
: My first thought, after pulling this book from the mailing envelope, was DOUJINSHI! Yes indeedy, it looks, despite the ISBN, way more like a doujinshi than a graphic novel, tankoubon, or manga zasshi, and there's a diamond-in-the-rough quality to it as well that screams independent publication. Talent to burn, sloppy editing, and all that. (Tran, I've got great respect for you and and DramaQueen, but if stuff like "affraid" gets through, proofreading just isn't your destined line of work.) Actually, despite the fact that one is BL and the other yuri, Rush
bears remarkable similarity to the Yuri Monogatari
As for the contents themselves, well, it's a mixed bag. Akira Atsushi's artwork is gritty and gorgeously realistic and reminds me of Stay Tasuko...but it's all wrong for a lighthearted BL version of Yamatonadeshiko Shichihenge
. Sorry, but THAT *points to Jin* is just not a convincing otaku. Still, like the premise. ^_^ Laura Carboni's artwork is likewise quite lovely and by far the most individual of any of the artists represented in the anthology, but for now I'm reserving judgment on "Roulette" because, while the characters definitely have style to burn, Tina Anderson's story hasn't really taken them anywhere yet to focus my interest on more than angsty Mafia eyecandy. My least favorite story, far and away, was "Master!" I'm glad that Lara Yokoshima likes man-dogs a la Inu mo Arukeba
, Japanese onmyouji, and other assorted popular manga subjects (me too), but inserting them all into the same 48-page serial and randomly shuffling the deck just doesn't win points in my book--and I don't care how "authentically" Japanese your artwork looks. However, far and away my favorite story was, surprisingly, the story I read last: Theresa Zysk's "Children of Bones." Though her artwork is the least visually stunning (and has that "I draw yaoi doujinshi" look to it...umm, Hikaru no Go!
fan...?), her story was quite delightful. An intriguing but not overly oblique paramilitary takeover backdrop and a quick but unsentimental introduction to the boys-in-question. Substantial enough to be satisfying but open-ended enough to whet my appetite. This is the story that, for now, is going to make me want to come back to the Rush
anthologies. However, I think both "Night and Day" and "Roulette" may yet prove to be most entertaining as well, so, for now, I'm going to play the eternal optimist and wait patiently for more. Notes
: A5 paperback, 1st edition, 1st printing Rating
- Though this seems to be a promising anthology series, if you're not a die-hard BL fan (in which case of course you probably already have it), I'd wait for a few more issues to come out and see how things develop before buying up and/or subscribing.