Phoenix 3

March 6, 2005

This one was awesome too. I really like the survival/perservearance of the human race theme, though it wasn’t as… optimistic as usual in the “Space” story. So far, I’ve decided my favorites are the stories set in the past. Not only are they largely based on actual histories, but the future ones kind of disappoint me. I don’t like space/future stories for the sole fact that most are unimaginative setting-wise. You will generally either get a spaceship floating through the universe, or you’ll get a cityscape with tall & pointy buildings, hovercrafts, and computers. Not that the stories aren’t good… it’s just that they all tend to look the same and blend together.

The past one was very good this time around. Kumanso came back into play, as did the Phoenix’s blood of immortality. Except this time, the methods for obtaining the blood are less barbaric and a lot more considerate. As a matter of fact, the main character is all around less barbaric about the barbaric things he has to do. And apparently he’s also history’s first tree-hugging hippie. The king was also kind of awesome, I tend to like stories about kings obsessed with their tombs for some reason. The main disadvantage is that the ending was a bit heavy-handed, which was unfortunate, but I did like the tie back to the beginning and to a modern-day Japanese landmark.

“Space” was okay, and more than okay. The best part about it was probably the backwards planet meant to punish people. I thought that was awesome.

3 Responses to “Phoenix 3”

  1. Pirkaf Says:

    First story was very good but what happened then nearly blew me away. Space is packed with ideas, in both story and artwork. I think this is one of the most remarkable examples of using comics as a medium to the fullest. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. And we’re talking here about manga create many, many years ago. This has become probably my favourite book from the God of manga.

  2. Connie Says:

    Have you read the fourth volume yet? The fourth volume of Phoenix is still one of the most amazing comics I’ve ever read. I’ve forgotten a lot about these early volumes and tend to like the later volumes of Phoenix better, but volume 4 is still the best. The karmic theme couldn’t have been expressed any better, and I remember both the art and story being really amazing. You’ll have to tell me what you think of it.

  3. Pirkaf Says:

    I still haven’t and I’m very much looking forward to it. I heard only praises about the 4th volume. And I’m interested in such things as karma so it will be really special for me. Probably this weekend..

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