August 9, 2007
I was kind of impressed how fast this series moved in the third and final volume. There weren’t any more digressions, the Mu went directly to Terra and threatened regular humans. How does that turn out? Not well. Not well for anyone.
Jomy still maintained best character status. He commands an army of super-mu who angst and complain a lot. Well, some of them do, I kind of liked the head of this army save for his ego. They all have kind of big egos, so it feels pretty good when things don’t go their way. Jomy has no ego though, and is driven solely by the desire to get to Terra, and he brings this up over and over again. Most other times I would find this extremely annoying, but the reinforcement is used quite effectively here.
While the ending was a little vague and symbolic (ie, the last three or so pages flew over my head), the final “showdown” of Jomy vs. Keith vs. Mother that occurred at the end was very satisfying. I can’t think of any way to make that better, really.
Though it got a bit boring at parts, it managed to stay quite a beautiful story throughout. The artwork and emotional characters (complete with crying fits) make the story very classy, and while I think this series shows its age quite a bit, I think it’s overall a really great read. I’ve got no regrets.
July 9, 2007
Let’s read the back cover:
“In space, no one can hear you cry.”
WHAT? Let’s make sure that’s what it says.
“In space, no one can hear you cry.”
There should be some sort of award for that. You would only need to see how much weeping is done in this volume to know how hysterical that is. And wasn’t that the original tag line for Alien?
While boring space operas where feelings are discussed in depth are generally not my thing, I really got into this volume. Mostly it’s because I like Jomy a lot. He feels like the most balanced and real person amidst all the melodramatic and/or complacent characters that populate the rest of the story. Jomy shows you how a real person deals with an apathetic people who refuse to leave when danger is present, how someone with a heart deals with a robot who is bent on destroying his race, and just… you know, the best way to Terra, I suppose.
I’m not sure how things can be wrapped up in one more volume (even an extra-long one), but with the amount of explosions, space fights, deaths, fires, and blindings that are done in this volume, I think it’s going to be a wild ride. Keep in mind, these things all happen when everyone’s crying. It’s weepiness is only comparable to Swan, where someone is crying on every page instead of every three or so pages. But I love a good cry, don’t you?
March 1, 2007
Yay! Classic manga! My brain short-circuited after reading Bride of Deimos and I’ve gotten on a classic manga kick. I’m waiting for some other series to finish before I start reading Swan, but expect some other old stuff soon, mostly girly.
This is a manly manga drawn by one of the queens of girl comics. I had no idea this ran in a male magazine, though the male main character probably would have tipped me off when I started reading. I’m not into big sweeping epics or space operas or anything remotely resembling this series, so I bought it purely because it was old.
I was extremely confused at first, because an explanation is not given until one of the main characters is well into a strange situation. I thought all humans turned into Mu for awhile, even while he was being hunted, and I just did not understand what was going on. I loved Soldier Blue though, and I really liked the parts that took place in Mu society, and I loved the character that Soldier brought in to live with the Mu. There was a sharp contrast between the ostracized Mu and the humans. Somehow the Mu society seemed… more human than the extremely regulated human society.
The regulations in the human society were great in their degrees of strictness. I didn’t like the human characters as much, but the things going on around them were pretty good, and it will be interesting to see what happens when everyone gets to Terra. Actually, I lied, I did like that main human character that was the best-loved student by the computer, and I liked Sam too.
Mostly, I liked the old art. Let’s have more of that in other series please.