Akira: Vol. 6: Bk. 6 Paperback – 26 Apr 2002
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The most visually stunning comic book I have read in my life -- Ain't it Cool News, 2002
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 (also available from Titan Books) and The Legend of Mother Sarah.
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The volume starts with Tetsuo in a state of flux - momentarily losing control of the power which surges through the fibres of his body and breaking through forcing his body into hideous mutations before managing to regain his shape. It's clear that he can't maintain the internal war and that sometime very soon something dramatic is going to happen, something grotesque. Tetsuo is very much the central character of this book and at times his ugly metamorphosis provides some amazing visuals while his muted cries for help from an old friend inject an emotional edge. The books have always made sure not to completely demonise Tetsuo, there's always been an element of the boy inside the monster and here we empathise with him. He's a destructive force but he's not fully in charge of his actions and at times he wants help.
It's all-out war in this final volume as the characters we know well attempt to destroy the destructive collaboration of Tetsuo and Akira, but there are several different plans being executed by different parties. Some specifically targeting the pair using knowledge of how to combat their power, and some by outside military designed to destroy the entire city along with everybody in it. Neo-Tokyo takes another beating and there are harrowing scenes when civilians run into the street ready to receive Red Cross supplies, but the aeroplanes are delivering something very different and the American bombing of the city commences.Read more ›