Remina, by Junji Ito
VIZ Media, horror master Junji Ito’s English language publisher, closes out a chaotic year with Remina, a space horror story about a planet with sinister designs on Earth. Dr. Oguro, the scientist who discovers the planet after it emerges from a wormhole, christens it “Remina,” after his own daughter. In typical Ito fashion, things rapidly descend from there as the planet changes course and makes a deadly path towards Earth. The intense events in the story are accompanied by Junji Ito’s signature grotesque art which heighten the horror and panic as the protagonists try to escape a planet intent on destruction and a mob of humans out for blood. As always, Junji Ito’s work is unsettling and haunting and leaves the reader sitting with the question of if the end is really The End.