First off all let me say that I used to be a manga fan as a teenager. I grew up reading comic books and then discovered mangas. When I read that CLOCKWORK ANGEL was turned into a manga I was pretty curious and naturally I preordered it. I got my copy a few days early and took a break from rereading CITY OF LOST SOULS to read about Tessa, Will and Jem’s adventures in London.
Our first look is at one Mr William Herondale. To me he resembles a magician because of his red cape and the stele which looks like a very thin wand. The second picture of Will is much more promising. This time there is more action. Will is holding a seraph blade and ravens are flying beside him. In the background there are two towers, St Paul’s Cathedral and Victorian London.
The first 3 pages of the manga are in color, the rest is black and white. CLOCKWORK ANGEL’s 20 chapters and the epilogue are shown in 8 chapters and on roughly 240 pages. The manga starts where the book starts: Will and Jem are investigating the murder of a young girl and Tessa is arriving in London. I think you all know the rest of the book so I won’t mention the plot.
The story is very easy to follow and you get sucked into Victorian London, its Shadowhunters and Downworlders.
In the following I’ve written down some bullet points of the things I liked and disliked:
What I liked:
- The buildings: the exterior and interior of the Institute (the library looked amazing) or the meeting place of the Pandemonium Club.
- Brother Enoch – wow. He looked amazing and so creepy! I cannot wait to see more of the Silent Brothers in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES.
- The interludes when the characters – mostly Will and Tessa – didn’t look like their usual manga selves but almost like chibi versions.
- The automatons. They looked great, so realistic but still devoid of any emotion.
- Tessa: she was so pretty and I absolutely loved her hair. To be honest all the girls had great hair in the manga!
- Will (so adorable as a little boy) and Jem: Good luck, Tessa! I know I wouldn’t be able to make a decision between these two when they look so handsome.
- The kiss. I don’t think I have to elucidate.
What I disliked:
- The way a few characters (Henry, Charlotte and Magnus) were drawn. I was disappointed, I admit it. I won’t elaborate because you can see for yourselves if you decide to buy the manga.
- Unfortunately, you don’t start at the other end of the book (the usual manga reading style) but at the left end like a conventional comic book. I would have preferred to read it like a real manga, from right to left.
- SPOILER! No A TALE OF TWO CITIES. For me the book is a very important part of THE INFERNAL DEVICES and I was sad that it wasn’t mentioned when Will and Tessa are in the Institute’s library.
Last but not least you can have a look at a few selected pictures of CLOCKWORK ANGEL to make up your mind:
Tessa and her angel
Chibi Tessa and chibi Will
All pictures belong to Cassandra Clare and Yen Press.
And now SOUND OFF in the comments. Have you already bought the manga or are you going to buy it? What do you think of it?