The age old romance of Romeo and Juliet, manga-style! Imagine rival yakuza families, with a backdrop of modern Tokyo. Young Romeo, pining for the love of Rosaline, crashes the Capulets’ bash. Instead of the fair Rosaline, Romeo falls instantly for the daughter of his enemy, Juliet, setting forth a series of events that ends in tragedy for the young lovers. You know the story!
Manga based on Shakespeare – and who said comics can’t be educational? This is an interesting concept, and it’s attractively presented. The interior contains full color pages featuring each character and a notable quote before shifting to b&w illustrations. The paper is a nice heavy stock, and the book is larger, 6″ x 8.5″, making TOKYOPOP and Viz titles seem dinky in comparison. Also included is a plot summary of the story, and a biography of Shakespeare. Overall, Self Made Hero has put together an attractive package.