Resident Evil: Marhawa Desire serves as a manga prequel to the events of CAPCOM’s Resident Evil 6 video game. As most of you know, this video game introduced the C-Virus to the Resident Evil storyline. This manga explains to us how it all started. Surprisingly, The Marhawa Desire is also the first Resident Evil manga. An interesting feature about this volume is the fact that the first eight pages are in color. These eight pages include a small description of the events that took place in the first volume of the manga.
In addition, a table of contents and a couple of extremely detailed images of zombies are included in color. The storyline of volume two picks up right where volume one left off. Our group of zombie fighters still has not solved the biohazard outbreak. Kapoor, Ray, Ricky, and Professor Wright have learned that the first incident of the outbreak happened in the underground control room. The story picks up there. Ray is a senior teacher at the school and Kapoor is the security guard. Both of them are completely devoted to the headmistress of the school. Ricky has come to help his uncle Wright. Surprisingly, Bindi, who is the president of the student council, insists on tagging along. She wants to protect her school just as much as the rest of the gang.
Surprisingly, she is quite able to handle herself. While the group is in the underground control room, they learn that the zombies they are dealing with are not quite like the rest of the zombies that have been with in the past. For example, they are not slow. In fact, they have a tendency to run as fast as they can towards their enemies. This means there isn’t much time to form a valid response or attack. There is also some confusion about how the virus spreads. Three people have been bitten. Out of that three, only one became a zombie. Their first encounter with a zombie results in a bit of mayhem and death. Bindi sees a hooded woman in the control room. The group thinks that she is connected to the cause of the outbreak and tries to uncover the secrets of the school.
While our group in the school tries to find the underlying cause of the outbreak, the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance is searching for Professor Wright. I have a feeling they will show up more in the next volume of Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire. They have found out that Professor Wright is at the school. The manga portrays the anxiety that all of the characters are feeling quite well. However, I do think that the artists could have given the Mother more facial expressions. The fact that everything takes place in an isolated school makes everything much more serious. The Mother is trying hard to ensure that the students do not find out about the outbreak. Once panic begins to set in among all of the characters and all of the students, what will happen? What kind of chaos will they be forced to face?
There are plenty of action, zombies, and gore for the Resident Evil fan. I would most certainly recommend this manga to anyone who is a fan of horror. The illustrations are so incredibly detailed and realistic. Zombies are fought with bare hands, hammers, and crossbows. Limbs are chopped off and heads are bashed in. There is an even blend of drama and action. The real mystery of Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volume 2 is how the infection is spread and where the zombies came from in the first place. The answer comes as a huge surprise to the characters and to the people reading the manga. It is made worse by how loyal the characters are to the headmistress. There is no doubt that volume two continues to keep you guessing and wanting more.