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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Shadow Eater - One Shot Manga is a graphic novel with manga-style illustrations by author R. J. Tolson, and forms part of the Legends of Evos Series. In this edition, we are introduced to the Manga Shadow Eater storyline, and to the world of Evos and its history. After humanity has either been slain or enslaved the world over by the beasts which roamed the land, there seems little hope of salvation or freedom for the human race ever again. But when a seemingly immortal young man decides to explore Evos once again with his trusty pet chimera in tow, a light shines in the shadowy world that was once full of life.
Saithe Esus is a classic hero of the manga world, sure to please fans with his youthful looks but powerful stance and capable swordsmanship. The concepts of light and dark play well in both the thematic storyline and the illustrations of the graphic novel itself, weaving an interesting post-apocalyptic storyline with plenty of magic and mystery to discover along the way. The dialogue was well arranged and easy to read and follow, giving nuance to the story without overtaking the easy readability of the manga format. I particularly enjoyed the more dark depictions of the beasts and monsters themselves and found both the art and storytelling of R. J. Tolson to be highly engaging. Overall, Shadow Eater - One Shot Manga provides a great introductory burst of story and action for readers looking for a new manga world to get lost in.