Comics February had me on a roll, writing about the comics I read each week last month. So here I am, continuing with that. Hopefully every Sunday!
Children of the Sea #1 and #2 – Daisuke Igarashi
The first few pages of this series floored me. The artwork just took my breath away and I just stared, mesmerized by the colours and the stunning beauty of it.
Those colours! That surreal magical wonderland that is the ocean and its inhabitants!
Sadly the rest of the book isn’t in colour. And that is such a pity. There were so many panels of undersea creatures, of the ocean, the horizon, that I really liked, and really wished were in colour! But even without colour, they are still wonderful to look at. The little coastal town that it is set in is full of lovely empty beaches. And Igarashi’s passion for the ocean life shines through in his gorgeous atmospheric illustrations.
As for the story, almost as fascinating.
Ruka’s father works at an aquarium and there she meets Umi, an unusual boy who is most comfortable in the sea. It turns out he was found living with a group of dugongs. Umi (which means ‘ocean’) has a brother named Sora (‘sky’) who is in hospital. Because they’ve grown up in the sea, life on land is difficult for them.
Umi and Sora are kind of magical, kind of mysterious. Ruka too has a similar affinity with water and becomes friends with them. All kinds of weird things are happening. Sea creatures are disappearing from aquariums around the world. Others are beaching. Fish from different parts of the world are found swimming off the seas of Japan. Are all these events connected to Umi and Sora?
There are hints of folklore not only from Japan but from various parts of the world. A lovely series! Can’t wait to read the next book. It looks like there are five books in the series.
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka – Naoki Urasawa
Osamu Tezuka is best known for creating Astro Boy. In this series, Urasawa has adapted Astro Boy. Pluto opens with the death of a beloved robot hero, Mont Blanc. This is a world in which robots live like humans, marrying and living together, working at jobs, going on holidays and so on. Some of them are obviously robots (think Rosie from The Jetsons), others look a lot like human beings – one way to tell them apart, as one robot explains, is that humans make unnecessary gestures. One humanoid robot is detective Gesicht who is starting to unravel the mysterious deaths of several robots and humans – and discovers that he could be next.
I’ve never read or watched Astro Boy so that pretty much is new to me. I quite enjoyed Urasawa’s robot-human world and the mystery, although sadly my library only has the first volume (there are 8 volumes), so I might have to Inter-Library Loan the rest of it to find out what happens next!!
Oh what is it with comics and violence?
Essentially King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts is Assassins High. Where students take classes in poisoning and killing and all that. Marcus Lopez Arguello is Nicaraguan, a teenager who calls the streets of San Francisco home. Some (government?) agents are out to get him and he’s saved by some teenaged assassins-in-training. He gets accepted into the school but this high school of wannabe assassins is still like a regular high school, with its very many cliques. Oh and its set in the 1980s. Interesting.
But also rather violent. So be warned!
I haven’t figured out if I want to keep reading. There are currently two collected editions.