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Everything is about to change... A violent last stand is about to commence in the city of Bizenghast between Dinah and Maphohetka. Can Dinah hold her own against this powerfully twisted demon, or will she, like all the others, be sucked into the nightmare? Story and art by M. Alice LeGrow.


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Everything is about to change... A violent last stand is about to commence in the city of Bizenghast between Dinah and Maphohetka. Can Dinah hold her own against this powerfully twisted demon, or will she, like all the others, be sucked into the nightmare? Story and art by M. Alice LeGrow.

30 review for Bizenghast Graphic Novel 8

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    First off, let me state that I have been waiting for forever to finish this series. Book 7 had left off at such a cliffhanger and it seemed like the world had put everything in the way to stop me from finishing the series. But I did and I loved it. My one critique is that after such a climax in the previous book it felt like it ended too quickly. But I did love how it ended. I was listening to Centuries by FOB as I read it. Very appropriate considering how it ended. The book tied up all loose en First off, let me state that I have been waiting for forever to finish this series. Book 7 had left off at such a cliffhanger and it seemed like the world had put everything in the way to stop me from finishing the series. But I did and I loved it. My one critique is that after such a climax in the previous book it felt like it ended too quickly. But I did love how it ended. I was listening to Centuries by FOB as I read it. Very appropriate considering how it ended. The book tied up all loose ends. And it was a "relatively" happy ending. It also opened up the possibility of fan fictions. Heh. All in all I loved it. I might just have to reread the series just to get back into the mausoleum's world.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Kimball

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't believe how long i waited to read the final volume. I saw some unfavorable reviews and had difficult finding it so i delayed even though i have followed the series from its first volumes. There are some faults, the artwork did lose some of its marvel over time but the raw emotion remained. For those profound heart breaking moment it well earned these stars, particular when Dinah kissed Edrear. Edrear was always my favorite, and I'd been hoping the romantic tension between them would amou I can't believe how long i waited to read the final volume. I saw some unfavorable reviews and had difficult finding it so i delayed even though i have followed the series from its first volumes. There are some faults, the artwork did lose some of its marvel over time but the raw emotion remained. For those profound heart breaking moment it well earned these stars, particular when Dinah kissed Edrear. Edrear was always my favorite, and I'd been hoping the romantic tension between them would amount to something. It delivered in a big way. I bawled for about twenty minutes actually. Her reuniting to Vincent was rather sweet, but for me didn't hold the passion of Edrear. Dinah herself progressed wonderfully bit by bit through the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maria Mozz

    Things happened really fast here, one major event after another, by the end the plot felt very rushed. I guess the manga got cancelled a bit too soon, so the author had to quickly finish the story and tie all the loose ends (thankfully, you can see how everything had been planned out from the beggining). I wish there was at least one more volume. All in all I really enjoyed reading this series (first, as a teen and even when I was rereading it again, now), but the ending left me a little disappoi Things happened really fast here, one major event after another, by the end the plot felt very rushed. I guess the manga got cancelled a bit too soon, so the author had to quickly finish the story and tie all the loose ends (thankfully, you can see how everything had been planned out from the beggining). I wish there was at least one more volume. All in all I really enjoyed reading this series (first, as a teen and even when I was rereading it again, now), but the ending left me a little disappointed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steven Middaugh

    So, the Truth Comes Out... Not a bad series. What with all the architectures, surrealistic dreams, and nice gothic dresses, it’s too bad this series came to an end. At least, the creator didn’t drag her feet story-wise. Very imaginative dark fantasy, with something slightly nightmarish. The whole series, very much recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    raphaela

    My letter retraction Sorry tokyopop. I honestly thought the series wasn’t finished, glad to see I was wrong about that because I’m glad I saw the climactic conclusion to these series

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dinah accidentally kills Edaniel. Edrear kills himself in order to not kill Dinah. Dinah restores their lives and others thanks to the gift given to her by her dead mother. Even Vincent comes back to life and all is well for now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lynn

    I love this series: the characters, the storyline, and the artwork. Sad to see it end. My favourite character is Edaniel. <3

  8. 5 out of 5

    Krista Ivy

    Unbelievably, a happy ending for all who are deserving of it (except for the poor Auntie).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Honestly, my rating for this is so high because the end to Bizenghast was so satisfying, so original just like the rest of the story but with a hint of a cliche, it didn't have a depressing ending, and we all know that M. Alice LeGrow worked very hard on it in order to give her fans what she believed we deserve-- a proper conclusion. She is unlike some other authors, who once their series are dropped or stopped due to their publishing house being shut down, they just totally drop it and don't tr Honestly, my rating for this is so high because the end to Bizenghast was so satisfying, so original just like the rest of the story but with a hint of a cliche, it didn't have a depressing ending, and we all know that M. Alice LeGrow worked very hard on it in order to give her fans what she believed we deserve-- a proper conclusion. She is unlike some other authors, who once their series are dropped or stopped due to their publishing house being shut down, they just totally drop it and don't try to put out any other content from the series. Anyway, this volume was so riveting, and a bit grotesque in some parts, like it really did make me cringe but only out of fear and disgust, but the good kind of disgust, as in, I felt immersed in the story, like I was there with Dinah. The climax of this volume (so, climax of the climax?), made me really sad, but there was so much going on that I could only feel a little sad. I knew there had to be something more, something redeemable for all that had happened to our favorite brothers, and there was! They came back, thank god, unscathed, and all thanks to Dinah. And Vincent, too, had been there all along. I suppose he had been forgetting his memories, but he still felt a connection to Dinah, and a connection to that town, so he stayed, and he followed her ghost after she died. Dinah, too, forgot some important things as a ghost. But they both instantly remembered much, if not all, of their lost memories once they found the mausoleum together again, just like at the start of this whole story. Those two started out as clueless kids, and it ended with their corpses rotting away in the ground, and their spirits free, inhabiting the mausoleum as tower guard replacements of Edrear and Edaniel's sisters, forever. I suppose Lala was one of the tower guards, huh? And Eniri killed her. We never really found out what happened to Eniri though. Did she die? Was she banished? Did she simply cease to be because she was inadequate? I don't know. But thank god that witch's ghost finally died. When she twisted that rod of a cross in her chest when she was still alive and broke a piece off in her chest, she must have been casting a curse upon herself and upon that town. In vengeance, perhaps, or in her own way of ridding the world of sorrows, she wanted to come back and rule the world. She was a mean ghost, however. She revealed her dark side once Edrear killed himself because he deemed himself inadequate and dangerous to Dinah due to Maphohetka's brainwashing, and she no longer had any man to seduce. I am just so glad that all of my favorite characters turned out okay in the end. And surprisingly, this volume didn't feel forced or rushed to me. It felt like it was the perfect ending to that arc. I did hear though that M. Alice LeGrow had initially intended the series to end with 13 volumes. Perhaps this went according to plan, and the other 4 volumes we would have had would have been of a brand new arc with Vincent and Dinah as tower guards? I kind of doubt it. I think that she cut out the entirety of an arc she probably planned to add after this one ended with just another volume or two, and took her planned ending for the whole series and beautiful constructed it into the ending of this arc. But it really didn't feel rushed or forced, even if this isn't how she originally intended the series to end. But I really do think that this arc was coming to a close anyway, so that was probably a lot of help. Even so, she still did an amazing job. Ah, this was truly was a wonderfully dark and amazing story and volume to read. I am sure that I will read the whole story over again someday. Again, and again, I bet. It's dark and twisted, but not sickeningly so. It's like the perfect story for edgy middle schoolers and edgy high schoolers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I don't recall it being difficult to obtain this volume, but I'm a big fan of Marty (LeGrow) and follow her online, so I bought it as soon as it came out, from RightStuf. (TokyoPop went out of business, so this final volume was printed based upon online purchases rather than stocking Borders shelves like the others.) That also partially explains both the two-year gap between volumes 7 and 8 and the higher quality of this volume--the paper is clean and white, the cover glossy and gorgeous. It is I don't recall it being difficult to obtain this volume, but I'm a big fan of Marty (LeGrow) and follow her online, so I bought it as soon as it came out, from RightStuf. (TokyoPop went out of business, so this final volume was printed based upon online purchases rather than stocking Borders shelves like the others.) That also partially explains both the two-year gap between volumes 7 and 8 and the higher quality of this volume--the paper is clean and white, the cover glossy and gorgeous. It is disappointing that the demise of TokyoPop led to this series being cut short. I really would have loved to see 5-10 extra volumes between numbers one and three; to see Dinah and Vincent and Edaniel (and sometimes Edrear, though he's a bit boring) navigating endless vaults and exploring the traumatized psyches of ghosts. Still, if you want more Bizenghast, you can always buy the ashcans at LeGrow's Etsy. (I like them, but I've fallen behind on purchasing new ones.) Okay, final volume. The art is gorgeous. It is really quite amazing how much it has changed. I do miss the early goth/horror style, but I like the beauty and complexity of the new work. I feel like this volume pulls no punches. I also noticed a lot of fairy tale and literary references, which I enjoyed. I do sort of wish Hetka's backstory was more complex. As is, it's a little flat/boring. Still, she's an exceedingly creepy ghost. **SPOILERS AHEAD** I found two major characters committing suicide in one volume to be kind of a lot, but I do like that Dinah knows she will be coming back, so it isn't as heavy and disturbing as it might have been. I also legit cried when she gets to see her mother again, and when she says goodbye to Aunt Jane, and of course when she and Vincent are reunited. I think the ending is as happy as one could wish for, considering. **END SPOILERS** Overall, this is an excellent comic series for horror fans, fans of quirky goth girls, and fans of ghost stories in general. Definitely pick it up if you can.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    This volume was the hardest to get my hands on, but I'm so incredibly glad I could. The cliffhanger in the seventh volume left me needing more. The ending of this one was quite satisfactory, even if it did call in the "magic makes it better" to help fix everything. This didn't bother me as much as it would in any other series, as magical solutions were offered up many times before. The artwork in this volume was much better than the previous, and the story developed much faster than in the first This volume was the hardest to get my hands on, but I'm so incredibly glad I could. The cliffhanger in the seventh volume left me needing more. The ending of this one was quite satisfactory, even if it did call in the "magic makes it better" to help fix everything. This didn't bother me as much as it would in any other series, as magical solutions were offered up many times before. The artwork in this volume was much better than the previous, and the story developed much faster than in the first few volumes. (view spoiler)[As for the ending, with Dinah and Vincent reunited in death, I have to say it was rather pleasant. I'm glad she couldn't just magic away all her problems, but that Vincent wasn't separated forever. I'm a little unclear as to their appearance at the cathedral, but perhaps a few rereads will clear up my confusion. Edit: A reread did clear up my confusion, and I'm very happy that Dinah and Vincent became mausoleum guards together so they can continue with their adventures forever. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I really loved this conclusion to the series, and hope to read more by this author in the future.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cm Addams

    I've been a big fan of this book series since it first came out and it took me quite some time to finally get the last book due to Tokyopop shutting down right when it was being finished. So when I finally got a copy I reread the series and I definitely will say the story really did finish with quite a bang. i do know this was her first ever published work and ever since the first book she really improved art and storytelling wise. I was beyond impressed with the improvement with her art and she I've been a big fan of this book series since it first came out and it took me quite some time to finally get the last book due to Tokyopop shutting down right when it was being finished. So when I finally got a copy I reread the series and I definitely will say the story really did finish with quite a bang. i do know this was her first ever published work and ever since the first book she really improved art and storytelling wise. I was beyond impressed with the improvement with her art and she even managed to rip out your heart in a few places. the only critique I have which I'm pretty sure has been said like a broken record from other reviews is that it was definitely a tad rushed, but I can forgive that because I dunno she originally wanted to have the series run for at least 12 books but due to the publishing company shutting down she had to wrap it up and I must say it was pretty good for a rushed last minute thing. she does has ashcans of stuff in between on her website so I highly recommend checking out out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Say

    I waited years (literally to read this) so first of all I'm quite happy that they finally released it (Tokyo Pop North America went under- being that this is a North American artist/writer, there was some obstacles to over come). On that note anyone trying to get their hands on a physical copy I recommend rightstuf.com ..... Mild spoilers (nothing straight forward) the book itself is good, it had a appropriate ending, and I liked Edaniel's bitching at the end as well as what happened with Dinah; O I waited years (literally to read this) so first of all I'm quite happy that they finally released it (Tokyo Pop North America went under- being that this is a North American artist/writer, there was some obstacles to over come). On that note anyone trying to get their hands on a physical copy I recommend rightstuf.com ..... Mild spoilers (nothing straight forward) the book itself is good, it had a appropriate ending, and I liked Edaniel's bitching at the end as well as what happened with Dinah; On the other hand, I wish that she did get to clean out the vaults, but I guess that that would have made the story too predictable. I really liked seeing her move from being a passive and frightened (volume 1)character into a selfless ass kicking warrior. The art in this one once again was done very well and I liked that just where as Dinah progressed as a person, the creator progress as a artist. A fitting end to the story line.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Okay, so the beginning of this series was bad. Like, it was so bad I was wondering how it even got published. The story was choppy and things just happened out of nowhere. However, as the series went on it was apparent that the author was growing with her writing skills. The series was still not five stars great, but it was better and it got better and better. If it went on for longer it would have been in a grey zone of "is this good enough to keep going?" "This story is actually awesome". Well Okay, so the beginning of this series was bad. Like, it was so bad I was wondering how it even got published. The story was choppy and things just happened out of nowhere. However, as the series went on it was apparent that the author was growing with her writing skills. The series was still not five stars great, but it was better and it got better and better. If it went on for longer it would have been in a grey zone of "is this good enough to keep going?" "This story is actually awesome". Well, the ending was a bit sad but good at the same time. Overall, I ended up not feeling like I completely wasted my time by reading this books. It was 8 books I was able to count off of my challenge and it counted off a few checks on my 52 week Reading Challenge for 2015. Overall, I guess it was worth it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked Bizenghast as a teenager when it first came out. I read the first seven books roughly around the same time, which was a few years back. It seems like the eighth book in this series had a very limited print edition which is why it took me a while to get a copy of this book. I'm glad I was finally able to finish the series though I'm not entirely satisfied with the ending. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that Dinah dies since the story takes place mainly in a Mausoleum. I was just a I really liked Bizenghast as a teenager when it first came out. I read the first seven books roughly around the same time, which was a few years back. It seems like the eighth book in this series had a very limited print edition which is why it took me a while to get a copy of this book. I'm glad I was finally able to finish the series though I'm not entirely satisfied with the ending. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that Dinah dies since the story takes place mainly in a Mausoleum. I was just a little disappointed that we don't get to see what happens when all the tasks are completed. Instead, the cycle continues with new characters. I still love LeGrow's art style and I hope she comes out with more comics soon. I'd definitely like to read them! <3

  16. 5 out of 5

    Valen

    I FINALLY got ahold of the final Bizenghast book and I must say I LOVED it. For a long time I thought there would be no conclusion to the series and I was devastated, but since I follow M. Alice online and she announced they would be selling the last book, you can imagine how excited I was. Unfortunately when it came out earlier this summer I didn't have the money right away to order it. I had to wait a few months in order to get it, but it was well worth it. It continued from the last volume and I FINALLY got ahold of the final Bizenghast book and I must say I LOVED it. For a long time I thought there would be no conclusion to the series and I was devastated, but since I follow M. Alice online and she announced they would be selling the last book, you can imagine how excited I was. Unfortunately when it came out earlier this summer I didn't have the money right away to order it. I had to wait a few months in order to get it, but it was well worth it. It continued from the last volume and didn't lose pace. Without giving any spoilers though, I'll just say that the ending was perfect and answered any question I had. I certainly cannot wait to read Riddle Road and see what happens next!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    *Series review* Each of the eight books in this series was beautifully illustrated. The drawn characters, costumes, and settings made this more than just a supernatural mystery and created a wonderful atmosphere for this story to unfold. The reader will go through many emotions in reading this story: sadness for Dinah's tragic young life, enjoyment of the quirky eDaniel and his crazy pop culture references, terror of the horrors awaiting in the vaults, vindication for a secondary character that t *Series review* Each of the eight books in this series was beautifully illustrated. The drawn characters, costumes, and settings made this more than just a supernatural mystery and created a wonderful atmosphere for this story to unfold. The reader will go through many emotions in reading this story: sadness for Dinah's tragic young life, enjoyment of the quirky eDaniel and his crazy pop culture references, terror of the horrors awaiting in the vaults, vindication for a secondary character that ties the whole story together, and then, finally, perfectly happy with the bittersweet conclusion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I've adored this series since my sister introduced me to it about five years ago. The art is phenomenal, the story is amazing, and I absolutely adore the characters. This final volume has been a long time coming thanks to some publisher issues, but it was well worth the wait. Dinah has really come into her own as an intelligent, capable, and kick-ass heroine. The ending was pretty much perfect, and M. Alice LeGrow is offering more adventures of the group as short comics on her Etsy page, so I ca I've adored this series since my sister introduced me to it about five years ago. The art is phenomenal, the story is amazing, and I absolutely adore the characters. This final volume has been a long time coming thanks to some publisher issues, but it was well worth the wait. Dinah has really come into her own as an intelligent, capable, and kick-ass heroine. The ending was pretty much perfect, and M. Alice LeGrow is offering more adventures of the group as short comics on her Etsy page, so I can still see more of their stories. One of my abosolute favourite series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I put off reading this for a long time because of negative reviews. And I guess I can understand how some people wouldn't like it. But for me, it was a culmination of the story I had been following since the first volume debuted. And I loved it. I loved it absolutely and the ending made me cry. For me, it is the perfect ending. Thanks a million, Lady LeGrow, for the reading pleasure you've given me with this series! It was a delight meeting you at ALA and I hope you can come back. I put off reading this for a long time because of negative reviews. And I guess I can understand how some people wouldn't like it. But for me, it was a culmination of the story I had been following since the first volume debuted. And I loved it. I loved it absolutely and the ending made me cry. For me, it is the perfect ending. Thanks a million, Lady LeGrow, for the reading pleasure you've given me with this series! It was a delight meeting you at ALA and I hope you can come back.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)

    A fantastic finally to a great series. I'm sad that there isn't more. I guess I'll have to read the novel now! Arrived Sept 27. Already devoured. Review to come. Was finally able to find a copy from a seller on Amazon. I'm very disappointed that Toyko Pop no longer publishes in North America. Looking forward to finally being able to read the final book in this series! Ordered Sept 9/12 A fantastic finally to a great series. I'm sad that there isn't more. I guess I'll have to read the novel now! Arrived Sept 27. Already devoured. Review to come. Was finally able to find a copy from a seller on Amazon. I'm very disappointed that Toyko Pop no longer publishes in North America. Looking forward to finally being able to read the final book in this series! Ordered Sept 9/12

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbi

    At long last, Vol 8 has arrived! And the ending was not even close to anything I expected, but LeGrow wrote the best and fittest of endings for the series. And as always Legrow's art is beautiful. Vol 8 was worth the two year wait. At long last, Vol 8 has arrived! And the ending was not even close to anything I expected, but LeGrow wrote the best and fittest of endings for the series. And as always Legrow's art is beautiful. Vol 8 was worth the two year wait.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Sfogs)

    FINALLY FOUND A COPY OF THIS BOOK ONLINE! I recommend rightstuf.com for getting this book. I got two copies one to give to a friend, and one to donate to the library. I really enjoyed this book! So glad to finally know how it ends after the cliff hanger ending of volume seven.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mimielle LaFauve

    8-3-12 Should ship any day now... 8-6-12 arrived...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Manda

    Feels like the series maybe lost some momentum here; the ending felt a bit anticlimactic. But the art was still gorgeous, and I'm glad it finally came out:) Feels like the series maybe lost some momentum here; the ending felt a bit anticlimactic. But the art was still gorgeous, and I'm glad it finally came out:)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    I thought the ending was boring and I wish the series could have gone on longer because I loved it, but alas.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Good ending to the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    End to a series. The time and money that was spent to create some memories.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Keli

    I really love this series and I'm sad to see it end, however satisfying the end was. I really love this series and I'm sad to see it end, however satisfying the end was.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    Finally FINally I got to read this after two years of hearing about it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Pridgen

    A rather interesting ending.

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