Soulless: The Manga Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger, Rem
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: March 1st 2012
Synopsis: The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn’t an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is “soulless” – a preternatural bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a rove vampire, an encounter that results in the death of the half-starved creature, her circumstances become exponentially more complicated indeed! Now caught up in an intrigue with life or death stakes, Alexia must rely on all her talents to outmatch the forces conspiring against her, but it may be the man who has caught her eye – Lord Conall Maccon – and their budding flirtation that truly drives her to her wit’s end!
The novel Soulless by Gail Carriger is a favorite of mine, so when I saw the manga adaption sitting all pretty-looking on the shelf in the bookstore, I grabbed it with a severe case of the grabby hands. And then I went home, sat on the couch, and read the whole thing without getting up to do anything.
As you can see, I really loved this manga.
The first volume of Soulless: The Manga is the shortened version of the whole original Soulless Despite that fact, this manga actually covers the story quite well, never leaving out the important details awhile still keeping in the smaller ones.
The characters are the same characters I ‘met’ in the Soulless novel. This means that Alexia is still tough, determined, and mildly obsessed with manners, Lord Maccon is still kind of clueless when it comes to preternatural women, scruffy, and wolfish, and Lord Akeldama is still the charming weirdo that I absolutely love.
REM’s illustrations are beautiful. I’m a sucker for great art, so looking at the pages of the manga rendered me literally speechless. I am a bit disappointed that Alexia’s large nose didn’t make an appearance in the manga, but even so, the characters are drawn beautifully and so are the backgrounds.
I was delighted to find that most of the clever dialogue that was in the original novel was also used in the manga. Readers of the manga will still be able to enjoy the priceless pieces of dialogue that Carriger managed to come up with when writing Soulless.
I really don’t have much else to say about the manga adaption of Soulless. If you want to read a more thorough commentary on Gail Carriger’s Soulless, you might want to read my gushing review (or someone else’s 😛 ) of the book.