Jack the Ripper may be a tough dude, but can he really hope to best Jack Frost in a one-on-one battle?!
Story & Art: JinHo Ko
Translation: JiEun Park
Adaptation: Arthur Dela Cruz
What They Say
Jack the Ripper has completed his first task as a spy for the West District: discover the location of the Ancient Rock that contains the knowledge of Magic King Solomon – all the wisdom in the world. But during his time in the North, Ripper has discovered something else that has attracted his employers’ attention. Jack the Ripper has never allied himself with any district, but when it comes to protecting the young mirror image, has he found someone he’s willing to fight for?
The Review! (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Camilla of the West District is one seriously devious woman; add her unbridled hatred for the North District and she will prove to be a tough foe. She had Jack the Ripper working as a spy in the North District in hopes he could find the Ancient Rock. He did just that, but his reward from Camilla is screwing with his mind and tricking him into falling in love with the Mirror Image. Wasn’t exactly difficult, considering how tragic the life of a Mirror Image always turns out. Once Jack the Ripper falls into Camilla’s trap, she also tricks the Mirror Image into believing the North District is the reason her family was killed in the real world.
Well, men will do just about anything for the woman they love, so it doesn’t take much of a nudge from the Mirror Image to convince Jack the Ripper to attach the North District. And here is where this series excels; body counts. The West District throws every soldier they have at the North District and Jack the Ripper is leading the way. While Jack Frost finds himself occupied fighting the West’s army, Jack the Ripper and the Mirror Image sneak into the district and confront Helmina.
Nothing good can come from this confrontation. While I have no doubt Jack Frost can handle the army outside, can Jack the Ripper handle Helmina. The Ripper has proved time and again that he is a tough ass resourceful dude, but Helmina is the Witch of the North. Surely Helmina is tougher than she looks, and the Ripper and Mirror Image may find out the truth behind that the hard way. Will the army of the West District push Jack Frost to his limits, or will they only prove to be a warm up? Can Jack the Ripper keep his beloved Mirror Image alive, or are they both doomed by Camilla’s machinations?
The packaging for this volume is impressive; it has solid black gutters throughout the entire book. Which could be the reason for the extra $1 expense compared to previous volumes. It looks really good and since the next volume is back to the $12 price point, I don’t have a problem paying an extra buck one time so the publisher can bring the book to me in its original format and LOTS of ink!
More mysteries revealed in this volume and one of the biggest is not why Helmina is called the “Witch of the North”, but that she used to be known as the “Queen of Knowledge”. Pretty cool stuff, especially when the mysterious and rarely seen Tailor makes an appearance to Jack the Ripper. These two seem to have some history together and the Ripper doesn’t seem to look back on their connection fondly. So what exactly happened between these two and why do both of them refuse to take sides among the districts? Answers in this series only seem to introduce more mysteries.
Content Grade: C
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: November 19th, 2013