their infinite generosity, Capcom has allowed the
release of a number of novels, manga, comics, strategy
guides, and art books about Devil May Cry. Some of
them are available in the USA, others you have to
May Cry 3, Code 1: Dante|
takes place right before Devil May Cry 3 the game and
begins with Dante's contractor, Enzo, offering him a
job to retrieve a young girl named Alice. At first
Dante isn't thrilled at the prospect of a missing
persons case, but when he realizes he's down to his
last bottle of tomato juice, out of money, and
threatened with eviction from his office, he has a
change of heart. There are obvious Alice in Wonderland
themes all around, complete with a demonic White
Rabbit and Mad Hatter. Dante learns that his twin
brother Vergil is still alive, and that demons are
after their matching amulets. The manga is great, and
probably has my favorite visual depiction of Dante
across all mediums, but Tokyopop
did a bad job of translating it. Some of the changes
are amusing, but they break internal continuity and
make Dante come off much too vulgar for my liking.
"Hand Alice over already. I don't have
any more tomato juice at home, you see."*
"Listen.. You're a loon. I get that.
Hell, one time I got so wasted I proposed to a
mop. So I'm not one to judge. That said, nutty
or not, I'll feng shui this room with your
diseased brains if you don't give me the
"For tea time, I'd be good with just
"Call me when you've got pizza and a keg.
In that order."
the tomato juice Dante wanted at the beginning
of the manga? Well Tokyopop doesn't think you
have the attention span for such quirky
details. Personally, I find the original line
a ton funnier considering its continuity
throughout the story.
"Well that's nice of you, but NO
"Pal... You can shove that teapot... Up
your rabbit hole!"
was wrong with "no thanks"?
"You better stop. It's no use."
Alice: "No... This tastes really
Dante: "If you keep doing it you
won't be able to go back."
Alice: "Go back? There's no way
I'd go back!"*
"Y'know, a hickey would've been just
fine. You'll be getting a bill from my
Alice: "No! I will suck you
Dante: "Damn. Any other time, a chick
tellin' me that would be a good
Alice: "I must do this! I'll never
the pedophile... brilliant..... Whereas
Dante's original concerned dialogue actually
interacted with Alice's lines, Tokyopop's
reworking of it makes no sense from either
side of the conversation.
Rabbit: "I'd like you to hand over
Dante: "Rabbits should stick to
Rabbit: "I want to buy that
Dante: "And I want a smaller dick.
I guess we're both assed out, huh?"
personal favorite, Tokyopop decided to change
Dante's perfectly innocent (though highly
insulting to a big, bad demon) retort into
some kind of compensation for his manhood.
Certainly "rabbits should stick to eating
grass" might not be the coolest line in
the world, but even "piss off,
rabbit"* would suffice. Besides, Dante
actually tells White Rabbit to eat grass
several pages before, too - Tokyopop even
translated it at that, so I KNOW they couldn't
have just had a brain fart! And that's what
makes me love the original line even more.
Again, humor through continuity.
"What do you think? Do I look captivating
in my adult look?"
Dante: "I wonder. At any rate, you're
gonna eat me from the bottom if I were to nod,
"Do you like me, Dante? Do you want me?
Am I desirable as an adult?"
Dante: "Is this a trick question?
Let me guess. If I say no, you wear my guts
for garters. If I say yes, you eat me,
starting with my cock."
got nothin' ^.^;;
*Based on scanslations at Devil's
Lair. (be sure to check the Japanese raw,
May Cry 3, Code 2: Vergil
focuses more on Vergil's ambition for power, his past,
and his alliance with Arkham. The Mad Hatter is back,
so is Alice, and even Lady has a few scenes. Alice is
still looking for male attention anywhere she can get
it, but Vergil doesn't give her the time of day (or
night). Dante chases after his wayward brother
straight into the middle of a skeery demonic ritual.
May Cry 01|
As far as I
can tell from the first book, the novels float
throughout known Devil May Cry history without any
real sense of continuity (or logic, or tie-ins to the
games). It was supposed to a prequel to the first
Devil May Cry, and was written before DMC2 or DMC3
came out. Dante has forgotten who he is and calls
himself Tony Redgrave. He is an unusual mercenary who
chooses jobs based on interest instead of money and
looks down upon needless killing. But, since he is so
good at what he does, others in the ruthless
underworld begin to follow his example. We learn that
Dante likes alcohol and strawberry sundaes, but hates
The book introduces Enzo, Dante's friend and
contractor who later appears in the manga. It
introduces Grue, who is apparently Dante's best friend
and frequent partner. It introduces a motherly figure,
the gunsmith Nell Goldstein, who keeps fixing and
tweaking the lethal toys that can't keep up with
Dante's skills. And it brings in the mysterious,
bandaged man wielding a katana. His name is Gilver,
but we later learn he is none other than Dante's
brother Vergil (Gil-Ver...Ver-Gil... get it?? XD), and
he gives his twin quite the run for his money by the
end of the book. A very odd attempt to fuse Vergil and
Nelo Angelo. Incidentally, we learn that Vergil can't
hold his liquor.
But even with
the strangeness and lack of coherence, or perhaps
because of it, I really loved this book! The action
was great, and Dante's obsession with his mother
really shined! I swear the book would've been
noticeably shorter (and more believable) if they
didn't spend half of it defending Dante's
heterosexuality. He just keeps turning down women! One
even draped herself onto his naked body and he still
turned her down. Of course, the "I found you
passed out on the street so I figured I'd drag you
home" pickup line hasn't worked since caveman
times. Alas, Dante prefers huddling in the cold with
men "to conserve heat" and being emotionally
clingy with his best friend.
It's a real fun
read to be sure, but still some unanswered questions
1) If Vergil completely disintegrated at the end of
the book and left his half of the amulet behind, how
is he back (with the amulet, no less) in the first
Devil May Cry?
2) Why would the demon world make Dante feel weaker
yet strengthen Vergil?
3) Since when can Dante be killed by cutting out his
4) Why is Vergil psychotic?
5) If Nell Goldstein essentially designed Ebony &
Ivory, how are they based on Sparda's Luce & Ombra
May Cry 02|
Devil May Cry novel is supposed to be set just before
the game Devil May Cry
2. Trish is gone, but another
woman squeezes her way into Dante's life. Her name is
Beryl, and she hires Dante to help her destroy the
Beastheads. That's singular, by the way: "Beastheads."
As in, "the Beastheads is over there." Threw
me off every time. Anyway,
the Beastheads is a magical artifact shaped like three
dog heads that consumes humans and empowers demons. It
also allows you to see into the past, the future, and
even travel to parallel dimensions.
thrown into one such parallel dimension where humans
betrayed Sprada and Nelo Angelo led DMC's boss
monsters in a failed attack against Mundus. Then it
got weird. The Beastheads eventually falls into the
hands of a deranged mob boss named Chen the Cannibal.
His hobbies are world domination, demonic experiments,
and storing Dante in jello. Creepy little man, but at
least he has a sense of humor.
book was not quite as amusing as the first, but it was
worth it to hear Dante say:
in the mood for a bath, but what the hell. I bet I
look dashing with this water dripping everywhere. Tell
me the truth. Do you think I'm hot?"
Yes, darling, yes you
May Cry 3: Note of Naught
Artbook of Devil May Cry 3, covering official art and
sketches of all the major characters, bosses, enemies,
devil trigger forms, weapons, and architecture. But
that's not all! It also covers fun tidbits like a
visual list of where all the mission numbers are
hidden in the cinematics and the entire script (in
both English and Japanese!) with storyboards. If you
can read Japanese, there are interviews with the
producers, the action director (he choreographed Versus!!),
and the voice actors of Dante, Vergil, and Arkham. All
in stunning full color, I only wish there would've
been more Dante in it. Oh yeah, it comes with a Region
2 UMD disc playable only on Japanese PSPs which has
some movies on it, but I doubt I'll ever get to watch
May Cry Memorial Album: Precious Tears
This is basically
a detailed script, in both English and Japanese, of
the first Devil May Cry. It is illustrated in full
screencaps of the cinematics, stunning concept art,
and gameplay shots complete with Japanese
descriptions. It is divided by Missions, and each
Mission bears an English introduction, giving rise to
such beautiful Engrish
gems as this intro to Mission 5: "Dante points
his leg toward the sealed door in the middle of the
limited time." At the end is a Japanese text
interview with two of the producers.
May Cry Graphic Edition
impressive collection of artwork, sketches, computer
graphics, advertisements, solid models, and
promotional goods all in one book. It is a
particularly invaluable reference of rare pictures and
detail not found anywhere else.
May Cry Book 1: Evil Woman
These beautiful comics are colored with smooth, shiny,
almost impressionistic splashes of color that really
set a moody tone for the series. They were released by
Dreamwave, a USA-based company that dared to blend the
traditional Western drawing style of comics with the
prettier, more stylish Manga styles of the East. The story is based on
the first Devil May Cry game. Book 1 covers Dante's
introduction, Trish's dramatic arrival through his
door, all they way up to the lava spider Phantom.
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May Cry Book 2: Super Beast
comics' Book 2 continues to follow the Devil May Cry
game, covering all three Phantom fights and the
arrival of Nelo Angelo. A significant difference from
the game is that at one point the comic has Dante and Nelo
confront each other civilly for a bit, exploring more of
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May Cry Book 3: Angel With The Scabbed Wings
comics' Book 3 has Dante spending more time with Trish
than he did in the game. It covers Dante's fight with
Griffon on the ship and his final fight with Nelo.
Trish zaps him right after he defeats Nelo, and the
issue closes with her standing over his unconscious
body saying "Not as sorry as you're going
to be, Dante." To be continued... Except that
Dreamwave went out of business and the fourth and
final issue never came out. Quite a cliffhanger there.
>.< Oh well, the game shows the gist of what
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May Cry Book 4: Shout At The Devil
RELEASED... GRR!!! But, from what I could tell from
the previews, the art was already suffering greatly: Preview
3. Even the cover didn't have original artwork.
Still, it's very frustrating having the series be cut
off right before the last installment.
May Cry Strategy Guide (Brady Games)
comprehensive guide that covers all the characters,
histories, items, move lists, boss strategies, maps,
and tips on how to beat the secret missions. On top of
that it has a little concept art gallery and
interviews with the creators of the game.
May Cry Strategy Guide (Prima)
have it and know nothing about it... but apparently it
has wickedly detailed 3D MAPS!! And is only $9.99!!
May Cry Strategy Guide (Versus Books)
it but it... err... exists!!
May Cry 2 Strategy Guide (Brady Games)
game strategies as both Dante and Lucia mission by
mission, as well as descriptions of items, weapons,
maps and unlockables.
May Cry 3 Strategy Guide (Brady Games)
used guide, although more for the pretty pictures than
information. It is very comprehensive but not perfect,
and does not include the Special Edition.
Specifically, it is wrong about one of the places to
get a blue orb fragment. It is actually in the ceiling
of the Subterranean Garden in Mission 9.
May Cry 3 Strategy Guide (Prima)
This is an
okay guide, but not without its frustrations. It makes
unfounded assumptions (Nero was NOT born with Devil
Bringer, damnit!) and has some amusing typos, but its
biggest fault is the omission of several blue orb
fragment locations (most notably the Experimental
Disposal and Dante's detour in Mission 12). Read with
a grain of salt and enjoy the pictures!
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