Afterlife (comics)

Afterlife is an OEL manga published by Tokyopop and created by Stormcrow Hayes (writer) and Rob Steen (illustrator). The comic is out of print as of August 31, 2009. [1]


The three volume series gives an interestingly dark alternate view of where everyone goes when they die. It’s a bleak, bland seemingly pointless protected by Guardians who slashes off demons. Thaddeus, one of the guardians, though philosophical, is resigned to his fate until he meets Nyoko who convinces him to look for the mythical gateway that could lead to … the afterlife of the afterlife?


  • Thaddeus Alexandros : A philosopher struggling to find meaning in a meaningless world, Thaddeus refuses to think about his former life, instead focusing on his duties as a Guardian. However, even his duties are called into question, and he is forced to choose between his duties and his yearning for answers.
  • Mercutio : If Thaddeus is philosophical about the world in which they exist, Mercutio is the opposite, a pragmatist. His only concern is to find his lost love, Arrabella. But there is a dark secret in her past that he has yet to learn.
  • Nyoko : Having died young, full of life, she is willing to do anything to escape the nightmarish existence of the afterlife. She finds hope in Thaddeus’ journal and insists they work together to find the mythical, long-rumored and possibly non-exist gateway to another world.

Accolades listed the book as one of the top 10 manga of 2006.

The book won a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA ) award.


  1. Jump up^ “TOKYOPOP Inc. Out of Print Titles.” Tokyopop. 1 ArchivedSeptember 4, 2009, at theWayback Machine.. “Retrieved on September 10, 2009.Wayback link

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