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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0-345-49922-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Alive

Alive Vol. #02

By Matthew Alexander     January 15, 2008
Release Date: October 30, 2007

Alive Vol.#02
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tadashi Kawashima / Adachitoka
Translated by:Anastasia Moreno
Adapted by:Anastasia Moreno

What They Say
Waking unscathed after his fall from a building, Taisuke is looking for answers. Told that his kidnapped friend is up north, he takes to the road. On his way he encounters a boy who has created a psychic barrier around a truck stop - and his captives won't be freed unless Taisuke kills him. Will Taisuke take a life to save others?

The Review
While not packing the same kick-to-the-gut as volume one, this second volume sheds more light on what is happening in this unique story.

Somehow, Taisuke survived his fall from the school rooftop, and after a good chewing out from his older sister Yoko, he tries to remember what happened. As soon as he learns Hirose took Megumi away somewhere Taisuke grabs some shoes and hits the road. He heads for Hirose’s house to look for clues and get some clothes to replace his hospital robes. Before he can decide his next move, the crazy “Comrade” guy shows up and starts killing people again. In an attempt to save innocent people, Taisuke accidentally releases his own ‘evolved’ power before escaping. Hmmm, seems like fire manipulation might be Taisuke’s killing ability.

The story seems to slow down a bit through the middle portion of this book as Taisuke travels North in search of Hirose and Megumi. Taisuke eventually ends up at a truck stop where he encounters another “Comrade”. This “Comrade” is only a little boy, but he has the power to create an extra-dimensional cube of any size he desires. The boy saw his mother commit suicide and he now drifts back and forth between the hope of finding someone to replace his mother or just dying to end his misery. Only problem is since he’s a “Comrade” he can’t seem to commit suicide. However, if he can goad Taisuke into fighting, then the boy might die during the battle. This fleshes out Taisuke’s character even more as he learns what his power is and how to control it, albeit to a certain extent. This volume ends on a cliffhanger as another “Comrade” with the power to manipulate wind appears and tries to kill Taisuke per Hirose’s order.

There are a fair number of good extras in this volume. As a reader, the one I like best is the beginning section with ‘the story so far’ and list of characters. With an average three months between book releases, it’s nice to have a two-page ‘refresher’. This volume also has a hilarious author comic about his pet rabbit. Even if you aren’t reading this series you should pick up this book in the bookstore and read the comic in the back, I promise you’ll get a chuckle out of it. Last but never least, there is also the ‘Translator Notes’ section.


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