[Review] Si Janus Silang At Ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang (Graphic Novel) by Edgar Calabia Samar; Mervin Malonzo

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Hello, guys!

It is my stop for today. Thanks to Raf and Prin for the chance to be a part of this tour. To Haliya Publishing and Anino Comics for the book. I really wanted to read this book asap and here I am ready to give my thoughts about it to all of you. Without further ado, check it out below. Don’t forget too to get your copy soon.

Si Janus Silang At Ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang by Edgar Calabia Samar Mervin Malonzo

YA Dark Fantasy | Graphic Novel
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SYNOPSIS: APAT NA BUWAN NA SI JANUS SA MANSIYON NINA MANONG JOEY PERO NAROON PA RIN ANG SAKIT NG DILANG-KARAYOM NG MANANANGGAL SA PUSO NIYA DAHIL SA PAGKAWALA NG MGA MAHAL NIYA SA BÚHAY AT SAPILITANG PAGLAYO KAY MICA.
Simula ng Christmas break nang mawasak ang proteksiyon ng mansiyon laban sa Tiyanak at sa mga kampon nito. Hindi pa ito nangyayari kailan man. Matinding bárang ba ito? Sa kabila nito, may mabuting balita naman si Renzo kay Janus na nagpapahiwatig na maaaring buháy pa ang Papa niya!

November 2019 | 236 Pages | Haliya Publishing | Anino Comics | eARC | Rated: ★★★★

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Review01When I stumble on reading Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tabon and Si Janus Silang At Ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang way back in my college days, I remember how I came to be amazed by the game like that, scared and terrified with the next turn of events, and sad and angry with why’s that even happened. I just can’t fathom those emotions and feelings rushing into one during and after the reading phase. These books show you the realistic way of dealing with things on how you will continue despite everything been done. That moment you stand hopeless without a fight but you’re the last chance of stopping it. That’s Janus. Our protagonist. He will be a part of a perilous quest to find the core key in winning against Tiyanak. Finding his twin, Tala, who is the only way of defeating him.

The combination of a modernized Philippine-based mythology narrative and an artistic way of illustrating into full colored graphics is such an excellent collaboration I must say I ever had. Samar proves his prowess on the storytelling of a detailed novel with a collection of knowledge about myths, legends, and history that once told and happened in the land of Filipinos. He is one of a kind novelist and I really love his works (only Janus Silang series yet 😅). Love and hate to say since I still wonder if he adores hurting his readers that way. Malonzo on adapting Samar’s Janus Silang is quite a perfection that chooses the right style and version for this book. Different treatment than the first book but I like how he deals with his manipulation and creativity. He sure gives additional pain through his genuine and unique works of art. You’ll feel acquainted with how warm and well-suited his craft for this novel. Once you read this book two adaptation, I guarantee you’ll gonna do feel the same thing.

Not to say much as I might spoil you the rest of what really happened but I do hope you read and support on this kind of story not much focus on. You’ll regret you missed having these on your quota since there are full of twists and anticipation you really will be hooked once you begin the journey of reading these fantastic (and dark) books.

Run baby run! Before the Tiyanak catches up with you.

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Author011573105365579Edgar Calabia Samar is a multi-awarded poet and novelist from the Philippines. His first novel, Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, received the NCCA Writer’s Prize in 2005, and its English translation as Eight Muses of the Fall was longlisted in the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2009.

In 2013, he received two Philippine National Book Awards––one for his second novel, Sa Kasunod ng 909 (Best Novel), and another for his book on the creative process, Halos Isang Buhay: Ang Manananggal sa Pagsusulat ng Nobela (Best Book of Criticism). Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon, the first book in his YA series Janus Silang, also received the Philippine National Book Award for Best Novel in 2015 and the Philippine National Children’s Book Award for Best 2014-2015 Read in 2016.

He has also received prizes for his poetry and fiction from the Palanca and the PBBY-Salanga Writer’s Prize. His other books include Pag-aabang sa Kundiman: Isang Tulambuhay, a poetry collection, and 101 Kagila-gilalas na Nilalang, a children’s encyclopedia of Philippine fantastic creatures. In 2010, he was invited as writer-in-residence to the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa.

ecsamar | twitter | instagram | goodreads


Artist011573105370455Mervin Malonzo wrote and drew the National Book Award-winning comic TABI PO. He also worked with writer Adam David on another title called ANG SUBERSIBO, a comic adaptation of Rizal’s NOLI and FILI. He graduated magna cum laude in UP Fine Arts. When he is not creating comics, he is creating websites, animations, and illustrations for other people and entities.

mervinmalonzo | twitter | instagram | facebook | goodreads


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