Demon Days is the incredible adaptation of the environment of Marvel’s mutants to the Japan of bygone eras, focusing above all on the figure of Mariko Yashida. Panini Comics opens Pandora’s box for us to peek into a world full of Oni and other figures from Japanese mythology.
The long road of pictorial work
Demon Days is a very special work. Of those that need their gestation period for pencil and watercolor to combine to form a unique drawing, to recreate some of the characters from the mutant world and some more in a Japanese environment. A year of work for Peach Momoko that reaches a higher level both creative and plot. The Japanese artist dares to leave her exclusive work as a cover artist for several American publishers and faces a complete work of hers. In it, she approaches the Marvel mutants, using one of the most charismatic characters of Japanese origin within La Casa de las Ideas and who has always been in the background, Mariko Yashida.
Mariko had a life linked to the character of Wolverine. Her love for Logan marked a stage that ended with her death, poisoned with puffer fish toxin, during the time that Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri remained at the controls of the regular collection of the adamantium-clawed mutant. In recent times, after more than twenty years of posting in which she maintained her deceased status, she was revived by the Hand during Regenix, an Old Man Logan saga. So the character can be reused at the convenience of writers and editors if they see fit, so Momoko has generated a legendary story around her and Japanese mythology.
fantasy in its purest form
Embracing Oni, Kami and Yokai or what is the same, demons, gods and monsters in Demon days, is the basis of a totally fantastic narrative that puts Japanese legends on the map. While certain characters such as Mental Butterfly, Thor, Storm, the Black Widow, Elektra, Sabretooth or Mystique obtain their representation in a comic that idolizes them in their respective incarnations, placing each one in the appropriate place for their characteristics within the cosmogony of the Marvel Universe. While the heroes will continue to be. The monsters will take the place of the villains and the gods will also be represented, the son of Odin and Ororo take care of it, acquiring under their appearance the characteristics of Raijin and Fujin, gods of thunder and wind respectively.
For the trained eyes of regular readers, it will not be difficult to detect the characters that are hidden under Japanese names, whatever they are. For this reason, meeting Jubilee, Mirage (Danielle Moonstar), Venom or Red Green and his Red counterpart will be easy, even recognizing Nightcrawler, despite his dark and gloomy representation.
A tribute that works perfectly. Without forcing any situation, everything fits together like a puzzle. That says a lot about the work behind all these deliveries, the care with which it has been carried out and that it leaves us wanting to explore in more detail all that pocket world that has been generated around Mount Kirisaki and the villages that surround it, where the borders between the inhabitants of the forests under the mountains and those of the towns become fine when the need arises, one way or the other.
Japan opened to the western world during the so-called Meiji Revolution, in 1867. But despite this, abandoning what had been its medieval period inherited from the Tokugawa shogunate, all those myths and legends were preserved, maintaining the pride of its cultural heritage. . It is now this adaptation of the Marvel Universe to that culture that brings a breath of fresh air to the characters we love so much. The plasticity of Momoko’s line favors that fantastic, almost dreamlike vision.
Peach Momoko has stated that she hopes Mariko becomes relevant in order to continue delving into this world. We hope so because it’s certainly interesting to explore all that ancient Japanese mythology. A different culture that attracts very different profiles, which is the cradle of an important part of comic book philosophy, with its Manga and its Anime added, expanding the frontier of paper. And it’s also fun to see how the superheroes we know become incarnations of good and evil that are found on the slopes of Mount Kirisaki.
Demon Days. Deluxe Edition
Title: : Demon Days. Deluxe Edition
URL : Milcomics
Author : Peach Momoko
Format : Paperback
Publication date : 2022-09-29
ISBN : 9788411018739
Description : Peach Momoko’s extraordinary vision applied to the Marvel Universe like never before. A mysterious world of demons, monsters, mutants and magic. A wandering warrior with a psychic sword arrives in a village attacked by demons. Mariko Yashida hears mysterious voices and has strange dreams that seem real. Perhaps her redheaded maiden in black might know more than she lets on? But as Mariko embarks on a wondrous journey, deadly creatures lurk in the forest, including a mysterious blue-skinned woman and a giant with super strength and claws!
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