Review: Remina

By Junji Ito

An unknown planet emerges from inside a wormhole, and its discoverer, Dr. Oguro, christens the body “Remina” after his own daughter. His finding is met with great fanfare, and Remina herself rises to fame. However, the object picks up speed as it moves along in its curious course, eliminating planets and stars one after another, until finally Earth itself faces extinction… Is the girl Remina the true cause of the catastrophe? A masterwork of horror from Junji Ito, unfolding on a universal scale.”

There is something so powerful about cosmic horror. The helplessness. The overwhelming feeling of having no power. Now combine that with the disgusting acts of desperate humans, and you have Remina.

Remina, also called Hellstar Remina, wastes very little time explaining the backstory before tossing you head first into the chaos. It’s disturbing to see the lengths scared humans will go to, and even more unsettling to know that it probably isn’t that far from the reality of a situation with mass hysteria. What horrible things would you do in the face of a horror beyond your comprehension? What desperate acts would you do in a state of madness while looking into the eyes of oblivion?

The art is captivating. There is so much conveyed in just black and white, but you can almost feel the colors that would be there. But the imagery is disturbing enough, with pages you could just admire (or be made uncomfortable – your choice) again and again.

Definitely recommend Remina by Junji Ito. If you want your own copy, click here to use my Amazon Affiliate link.

And thanks to VIZ Media for the review copy!


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