Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka Vol. 5

by Naoki Urasawa after Osamu Tezuka, with Takashi Nagasaki

It's getting difficult to find new things to say about this series by this point.  With each new volume, there are a few less of the world's most powerful robots left alive (another one buys it in this volume, after fighting Pluto over an ocean), and we get to know our main character, Gesicht, a little better.

In this volume, Gesicht remembers what happens when he killed Adolf's brother, and has to protect Adolf and his family from an attack by the KR, the anti-robot group modeled on the KKK (if they'd had cluster cannons and flying tanks that look like the heads of Star Wars Snow Walkers).  We also get to learn more about the creation of Atom, when his creator attempts to revive him, and has a few pop psychology theories about why he's not waking up.

This is easily the best manga series I've ever read (out of a very limited pool), and I like the way that Urasawa continues to build on his characters throughout the series.  Each volume I read leaves me excited to learn what will happen in the next one.

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