Pandora: End of Days Review (Horror Manga)

Book cover for Pandora: End of DaysPandora: End of Days: The most amazing archaeological discovery of our time– a sarcophagus from an ancient civilization that predates the Egyptian Pyramids by more than fifty thousand years–is being broadcast as a live public exhibit on national TV.

But in their haste to reveal a glimpse of what could be the origin of mankind, the scholars of the OBARI Foundation instead unleash an ancient plague upon the modern world.

This is the age-old story of the curious–and of those who must race to close the door on what should never have been opened . . .

This is PANDORA, the End of Days…

Pandora: End of Days Review


In my quest to expand my knowledge of graphic novels, I picked up Pandora: End of Days by Peter J. Ang. It is a combination of volumes 1 &2. I hadn’t yet read anything considered manga yet and figured a zombie horror was the perfect first choice. I was so wrong.

The art was pretty, and that’s pretty much the only nice thing I have to say about Pandora: End of Days. Jin Song Kim is a very competent illustrator who drew Pandora with a sure hand. I think part of my distaste might simply be that after a few pages, it just didn’t feel like zombie horror was an appropriate subject for this particular drawing style. The illustrations were just too… pretty… to be suited for horror. And the pages filled with close-ups of monster faces and lots of “?!!” and “Arggh!” wording and gun sound effects got old quick. I don’t know how the writer and the illustrator work together, so I don’t want to lay this all at one particular person’s feet. Whoever was responsible for it, though, was just adding unimaginative filler to a fairly lengthy graphic novel.

Pandora: End of Days had a chance to be interesting. Yes, it was obviously going to be about zombies, but for a while it looked like they were going to take a fresh look at things. Nope. Within pages, it devolved into your basic zombie novel that was quickly drained of any vestiges of originality.

One of the things that really bothered me was that they were clearly portraying actual politicians, but were lazy about doing so. “Governor Chrisey” instead of “Governor Christy”, for example. I understand that for obvious reasons they couldn’t use actual names, but just changing one letter felt ridiculous. Surely they could have trusted their readers to get the point without doing a middle-school writing trick that just felt cheap?

Obviously, I wasn’t very happy with this book. Pandora: End of Days has been my most disappointing graphic novel read to date. I was actually annoyed by the time I got done reading it. Needless to say, I can’t say I’m eager to pick up another manga book anytime soon. (I will say that the kindle edition was easy to read and very well formatted. That wasn’t an issue at all.)

PANDORA: End of Days

Title: Pandora: End of Days (Vol 1&2) | Series: Pandora: End of Days | Writer: Peter J. Ang | Editor: Michael Mcdonough | Illustrator: Jin Song Kim | Publisher: Real Interface Studios | Pages: 204 | ASIN: B00990PAQQ | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 1 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited | Purchase on Amazon

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