Museum of Terror Volume 2: v. 2 Paperback – 19 Sep 2006
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If you're thinking of passing this up because you can probably just download the OLD scans online, fine. It is your choice. But you're going to be missing out on some really cool extra material.
Junji Ito has created a lot of interesting ideas, capping them off with the most well-known of those in Uzumaki, and the atmosphere he allows his readers to indulge in is sometimes breathtaking. He credits a lot of sources with inspiring him and, at times, has been likened to a Lovecraftian story designer. He does this with black and white, shadow and play, and stories that are really eclectic and are not for the casual comic reader.
For anyone who knew that and already went out and purchased the Tomie sets of old, there really were a lot of gaps in all of the stories because the company reprinting them wasn't really good at its job. I know that sounded like a sale's pitch when written into editorials, too, but the editorials were right; even when you look at stories you thought you knew you weren't getting the whole of the tale. When i finally broke down and read the tales again I was mortified to see what had been left out; some pieces were put into the wrong columns, entire areas were left out, and the feeling of dread wasn't quite as dreadful as it could be.
In Museums of Terror that changes, and Junji Ito's work treated beautifully by Dark horse.
Museum of Terror Vol. 2 still works with Tomie like the first did, but this book brings together all the Tomie stories that don't really fit into the linear design that the first book took on. They are basically a scattered lot, sometimes connecting (the last three in the book do, anyhow) and sometimes taking in only one audience, but still doing what they do the best - telling the story of Tomie. I personally found the two books working together to explain a lot of what was missing out of the old stories and, well, to explain why some of Tomie wasn't "adding up."
Included here are works from 1995 and 2000, in this order: Assassins, Hair, Adopted Daughter, Little Finger, Boy, Moromi, Babysitter, Gathering, Passing Demon, Top model, Old and Ugly.
Of these, I personally liked Babysitter, Little Finger, and Hair the best in this book.
If you've never tried out Junji Ito's work, the three Museum books from Dark Horse are beautifully done and do something no Ito collection has done right yet - they collect his stories the way they should have been collected in the first place. Even if you've purchased his work stateside before, you should check this out because it is worth picking up and they might change your mind about him.
These, as well as Uzumaki, come highly recommended.
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