Golgo 13 Vol. #11 (Mania.com)
By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Monday, January 21, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Translated by:Kenichiro Yagi
Adapted by:Carl Gustav Horn
What They Say
1996: Okinawa, Japan's smallest prefecture, holds 75 percent of the U.S. military presence in Japan. When a Self-Defense Force officer is murdered by his associates, Golgo steps into the ominous discontent behind one of Japan's greatest controversies! Then, it's known that Golgo 13 will kill anyone who tries to impersonate him. But if you're merely mistaken for him by a Chicago crime boss, can you possibly escape alive?
Also includes part two of an extensive interview with creator Takao Saito.
A professional should always do quality work. The best have their work guaranteed by years of training and their reputation often justify the extravagant rates that talent commands. Golgo 13 the ultimate pro takes almost any job if his demands are met. In this volume G13 takes on the authority of the most powerful man on earth - the President of the United States of America - as he smothers a potential revolution on Japanese soil. Then he takes on the Russian mafia without ever meeting his client. With his rep on the line G13 cleans up and even lets an imposter take the glory (for a day). As always Golgo is 100% guaranteed to entertain! There was a time when Okinawa was not a tourist destination. Back then Japan was not in charge and there obviously were no American bases. Ryukoku was an independent nation and given its geographical position they were poised to be the gateway to Asia. In the Okinawa Syndrome the sons of Ryukoku come very close to taking Okinawa back from the hands of America and Japan. By using American pride and Japan's lack of a real defense mechanism, the military and Japan's financial might intend on making Okinawa the next Hong Kong or Singapore. Naha's airport would rival Seoul and Osaka, and with a new monetary system they could be the next Asian Dragon economy. G13 helps maintain the status quo again, but he wasn't hire initially by the Japanese Prime Minister and Bill Clinton was second on the list. Who would want a dependent Okinawa? Maybe those who saw how defenseless the "nation" really was after WWII!
G 13, aka Duke Togo, aka the Professional, aka, is a man with a million identities. Ironically Golgo isn't really known as a man with a million faces. The legendary mercenary keeps his disguises low key and low tech, to the point where his features rarely change dramatically. In "The Wrong Man," Golgo does take on a new identity, or should I say someone assumes or is given his identity. In a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, a traveling salesman named Togo awaits his next client under a Chicago overpass. A limo pulls up asking for Duke Togo and the king of power tools hops in. The real Duke sees the whole thing go down and proceeds to do his work, albeit from an omnipresent observer perspective. The other Togo gets to experience a day in the life of G 13. Fancy hotel, good smokes, finest wine, exquisite women and big guns are all at his disposal provided by some big fish in the American narcotics trade. All this Togo has to do is make good on his "100% Guarantee" and kill a Russian Mafioso. No biggie for G 13, right!?
Golgo might not be the ultimate seinen manga. Actually this title isn�ft even in my personal top 10 for the year. What G13 does though better than any other title is make history and geopolitics relevant. You can take any story and any book, break down Saitou�fs stories by moment in time, political figure, or influence on history. Golgo might not have been behind Princess Di�fs death, but he is as good a reason as anything confirmed. If the protests in Okinawa after in the 90�fs seemed to settle down randomly in the papers for you, Saitou plants a seed in your mind to make you interested again. Changing history, making history either way Golgo makes you want to relive it again and again.
Mania Grade: A-
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Golgo 13