Akira Book 4: Bk. 4 Paperback – 26 Oct 2001
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"Akira redefines the look and feel of the future" -- Neil Gaiman
"[These books are] an invaluable gift to newer fans who appreciate the speed and clarity of the movie's images, but still haven't had a chance to plumb the depths of humanity and complexity hidden in the original work." -- The Onion
About the Author
Katsuhiro Otomo is one of the most respected and influential Japanese storytellers in the history of modern comics, and - apart from Akira - his work includes Domu and The Legend of Mother Sarah.
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Here neo tokyo is in ruins and the survivors decide to create a new way of living while the key players all search the truth behind Akira.
Volume 5 starts with a helicopter arriving at the scene of mass destruction at Neo-Tokyo, the first few pages are colour before reverting to black and white. The rescue doesn't go to plan however and a familiar face soon commandeers the helicopter. It becomes clear that a significant amount of time has passed and Akira is viewed by many as the new Messiah, a child who will take control and lead the world into a new age. The streets are reminiscent of something from Lord of the Flies with social order breaking down as food becomes scarce. The city is buzzing with anarchy as gangs roam amongst the rubble of half-destroyed city. International politics have come into play as other countries seek to exploit the situation in Japan while others are terrified by the events there - the world seems worried they are staring at the brink of the Fourth World War.
This is the darkest volume yet with some of Akira's mob demonstrating debased and sickening behaviour as they exploit their power. The real evil depicted here isn't from those who have ethereal powers, but instead comes from 'normal' degenerates who dish out violence, abuse the weak and attempt to satisfy their desire for sexual relief through force. I've said before that the strongest artwork in the Akira Manga series occurs when the city is shown, and as this volume in its entirety is set in Neo-Tokyo then we are treated to plenty of exquisite cityscapes which capture the grim nature of the surroundings.Read more ›