Crossing Midnight Vol. 1: Cut Here

July 23, 2007 | Trades


Crossing Midnight Vol. 1: Cut Here
Mike Carey, Jim Fern, Mark Pennington
Vertigo/DC Comics
$11.99/$9.99 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Kai and Toshi Hara are twins — but they couldn’t be more different.
Toshi, born eight minutes after her brother at seven minutes past midnight in the city of Nagasaki, Japan, shockingly finds out when she’s a little girl that she cannot be stabbed or cut.
After she’s grown to become a typical rebellious teenager, a mysterious man named Aratsu claiming to be the lord of knives visits Toshi and he tells her she is to be his servant to pay a debt for a prayer made long ago by her father.
When she refuses, Aratsu makes her and her family pay a high price and warns her he’ll be back two more times for her to change her mind — or there’ll be hell to pay.
As Toshi searches for a way to keep the lord of knives away, Kai, her much more cautious sibling, is visited by other spirits who warn him of the dangers that exist if his sister does cross over to Aratsu’s world.
The twins manage to survive their second encounter with Aratsu pretty much unscathed, but when the third visit ends in tragedy, Toshi bargains her freedom for another’s life and is taken away to another world.
Can Toshi find her way out before she becomes the slave Aratsu wants? And how far will Kai go to get his sister back?
Writer extraordinaire Mike Carey (Lucifer, Hellblazer) and talented artist Jim Fern (Fables) deftly examine the world of Japanese folklore and magic in this gripping new series which just may be the next big thing from Vertigo.

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