Junk Vol. #05 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Release Date: Sunday, December 30, 2007
Adapted by:Ailen Lujo
What They Say
The advent of the third JUNK brings a new reign of terror to Tokyo as the white JUNK is overpowered by its superior technology. Meanwhile, Hiro goes to Okinawa to visit Ryoko, who is recuperating from the kidnapping incident. As they come to terms with each other, will Hiro find what he is missing in his life?
After everything hit the fan in the last volume, Hiro has been assigned a new 'Counselor' from the Junk company. Her name is Aya, and she prefers a more hands on approach than Hiro's last Counselor. Aya not only sleeps with Hiro, but she also explains much more of the reasoning behind the Junk suit and it's envisioned purpose, and she also proves to be more helpful in other ways. She even tells Hiro that Ryoko and her mother are now living in Okinawa. This leads to some major soul searching as Hiro heads to Okinawa to see Ryoko for the first time since her kidnapping. How will Ryoko and her mother react to seeing Hiro? Is Hiro really going to see Ryoko, or does he hope to reestablish his fling with her mother?
In the meantime, the new red Junk is terrorizing Tokyo. This guy seems to have some kind of twisted sense of justice, which includes killing anyone that breaks the law, even people that change lanes without signaling. Hmmm, San Diego freeways could use a guy like this. Not only is this red Junk mentally unstable, but his suit is newer and more powerful than the others. He proves that easily when he confronts Lisa in the white Junk and nearly kills her. The only reason he doesn't succeed is because his Counselor, Natsuki, intervenes and reminds him it is forbidden for Junk owners to kill each other.
This volume is all over the place. The detective tracking the Junk suits was reassigned as a more powerful agency has been tasked to capture all three Junks. Aya convinces Hiro he needs to think of some good he can use the Junk to accomplish. A strange cult-like religion emerges during the chaos of red Junk's rampages. The religious group plans to use the publics suffering to convert them and use them to accomplish nefarious goals. Overall, this volume never has a dull moment and Hiro's character development kicks back into gear.
Thankfully, the printing problem with the last volume has been fixed in volume five. Just as importantly, the Text is back on track with the return of Lujo on the adaptation. Alright, all is good in the world of Junk and I have to say that I highly recommend this series.
Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: A-
Age Rating: 15 & Up
Released By: DrMaster
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