It’s been awhile since I reviewed a graphic novel on this site. I’m going to be reviewing Clover by CLAMP. The story focuses on Sue, a young girl with an unusually strong powers. She is a four-leaved Clover, a sorcerer so powerful that she has been isolated because of these abilities. She has been asked to be escorted to Fairy Park by Kazuhiko, a retired soldier in this baroque, technologically advanced society. Kazuhiko discovers that he and Sue have a few people in common. The manga primarily explores these relationships and Sue’s very nature.
I really liked this series. CLAMP always draws beautifully, and this series was no exception. The artwork really made me attached to the characters, although I did not necessarily get a ton of information about them. I enjoyed the concept behind the world and Sue. I also liked that her abilities were used subtly, although I did not always fully understand why the government of the world was so afraid of her. I did like her portrayal though as I was able to focus on her as a character. I kind of wished that something more had happened–in fact the story almost felt unfinished to me–but I loved the concept and found the storytelling interesting. The narration actually moves in reverse, which leads to a very character-focused story, and I loved that. Overall, I was quite taken with it.