Review: Manara Erotica Volume 1 (NSFW)
Issue: Manara Erotica Volume 1
Release Date: May 2012
Author and Artist: Milo Manara
Translation: Kim Thompson
Letters: Tom Orzechowski and Lois Buhalls
Publisher: Dark Horse
For the first time, Milo Manara’s four-part “Click!” storyline is gathered together in one volume. The story revolves around Claudia, a beautiful woman who doesn’t have a lot of passion in her life until one fateful day when she is kidnapped. Two days she’s missing and when she returns she has gone through brain surgery and had a control implanted in her brain. With a remote, someone can increase her arousal and cause her to go full-on sex fiend whenever and wherever she happens to be.
When I first became aware of this collection, I was intrigued. I had never seen any of Manara’s work before, but I am a fan of erotica and had never seen popular erotic comics before. After this volume, I’m not sure I’ll be picking up any more, though. I’m obviously not the target audience, not being as familiar with the approach of European comics as possibly others. While Volume 1 of the storyline seemed to be solid enough, as the storyline progressed through subsequent volumes it just seemed to deteriorate into seeing how many times Claudia could come on the page and how wild her sexual adventures could get. Incestuous implications, bestiality, whipping, attempted fisting, and object insertion can all be found within the “Click!” storyline.
Additionally, two other stories round out the volume, but I didn’t find their plots to be much improved over the first. For a historical piece, showing how erotic comics have evolved under Manara’s guidance, it’s a stunning volume of work. For enjoyment compared to current works, I’m not sure if it holds up as well. If you’re a fan of Milo Manara’s work and want to own all the volumes of the “Click!” storyline under one cover, then pick this one up. But if you’re wanting to just sneak a peek and see if this might be for you, look at the preview pages before laying down a big chunk of change. It’s certainly not going to be everyone’s kink.
Rating: 2 / 5 Stars
Nerds in Babeland was provided a copy of this comic for review.