Junk Vol. #04 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Release Date: Sunday, September 30, 2007
Translated by:Yoshihiro Watanabe and Toshikazu Hosaka
What They Say
Ryoko is rescued, but what happened in her captivity will scar her for the rest of her life. Hiro is filled with resentment for not being able to rescue her earlier, but as if to rub salt in the wound, a tabloid exposes Ryoko's mother's affair with Hiro that will tear her family apart. Witness JUNK's punishment as Hiro's rage and frustration explodes against the mass media.
It doesn’t pay to be on the receiving end of Hiro’s rage, at least not when he’s wearing the Junk suit. Ryoko’s kidnapper/rapist learns that lesson the hard way. After Hiro rescues Ryoko, his sexual affair secret with Ryoko’s mom goes public to the world by some tabloids. After a quick divorce, Ryoko and her mother disappear from town. Hiro finds himself alone with nothing but his rage and guilt for failing to find Ryoko in time and causing her parents divorce. So yes, Hiro does still appear to be human, but his anger gets the best of him. Wearing his Junk suit, he infiltrates the tabloid’s office building, beats the living snot out of the editor, and then destroys the building. Hiro’s reactions seem believable, youth and unmatched power continues to show us how dangers a combination they can be.
The detective tracking the black Junk finds all these connections between Hiro and the Junk excessively coincidental. Consequently, he decides to bring Hiro in for questioning. Only problem is while Hiro is in custody, there is another black Junk running around killing and dismembering people for breaking minor laws around the city. The detective isn’t convinced Hiro is innocent, but he lets him go free anyways. So, who is this new Junk? Is his suit stronger than the suit given to Hiro and Lisa, the white Junk?
Unfortunately, the translation takes a bit of a dive with some dialogue missing words. As it always does, it left me stumbling over that dialogue. Maybe DrMaster should have kept the person doing the adaptation for the first 3 volumes? Their name is absent in the credits of volume 4. Even worse is the packaging. DrMaster has come a long way from the bad packaging seen in the titles released before 2006, but this volume of Junk isn’t a good example of how they have improved. There is a strange grid pattern across all the pages in the shaded portions of the picture. Strangely, it doesn’t show up in the white or solid black portions of the panels. I have no idea how this could have happened in the printing process. Regardless, this is still one of my favorite series and I’m confident DrMaster can remedy the weird printing problem in the next volume.
Mania Grade: A-
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: C-
Text/Translatin Rating: B-
Age Rating: 15 & Up
Released By: DrMaster
Orientation: Right to Left