888: Volume 1
Noriko Kuwata
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888: Volume 1

Noriko Kuwata
Dr. Master Productions Inc.
208 pages
July 2005
rated 3 of 5 possible stars
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As detectives go, the recently opened Suehiro Detective Agency falls short of the superb intellect of Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marpl,e but they can certainly handle the small stuff—like stalkers, kidnapped dogs, and finding someone’s lost offspring. Hisago and Shimeki serve as the investigators while Tsukumo gets dealt all the paperwork and then, of course, there’s Kobayashi, Shimeki’s precious Pomeranian.

Half the time, the gang worries more about keeping the agency afloat than what their new case is, but that’s to be expected. The episodes are fairly brief, culminating in eight episodes altogether. More comical than suspenseful, these tales exploit the politics and relationships of the three members of the agency more than anything else.

The style used for this series came to be rather distracting. The characters are three adults who, when drawn as adults, work quite well. However, throughout the graphic novel, the artist continually transitions them to teenager and child-like appearances, which proves to be more distracting than the underlying message is worth. Though the art doesn’t feel completely right, the stories do and are certainly worth a read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Lance Eaton, 2005

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