Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror was the first Junji Ito comic I came across and was immediately hooked. I have since read many other comics by him and delight in the consistent level of terror and beauty. Junji Ito’s art is less cartoonish than the average manga artists, which I quite enjoy. It certainly adds to the terror. This book is very graphic and I was surprised to find it in the young adult section. In this tale a town obsesses over the shape of spirals. As the small town becomes disjointed from reality we follow a young woman and her boyfriend as they deal with the terror. A victim of the spirals from the beginning, the boyfriend lost both of his parents to the curse. His father, by curling his own body into a macabre spiral and his mother by self-mutilating her body. The strangeness increases until there is little semblance of an actual town left. This is definitely a good comic for anyone who wants a chill to run down their spine!
Review Submitted by: Nico Logan
Rating: Highly Recommended