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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 17 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 228
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-851-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: EDEN

EDEN Vol. #09

By Gary Thompson     May 05, 2008
Release Date: November 27, 2007

EDEN Vol.#09
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hiroki Endo
Translated by:Kumar Sivasubramanian
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
The Closure virus, responsible for wiping out about one-third of the world's population, begins to mutate, and victims in India are found undergoing strange metamorphoses. Sophia and Kenji are back, going head-to-head with Propator forces in Eastern Asia, including Propator's cyborg killers: the vicious Aeon soldiers!

Elijah's father flexes some political muscle, and Kenji uses some real muscle to protect an important political figure, the leader of a minority group in China still fighting for their human rights.

The Review
Once again, Eden changes. Moving away from Elijah and the concerns of the previous volumes, the focus turns to something completely new. The result is Eden's most measured and political volume to date.

The Closure Virus, which started the apocalypse that wasn't, as well as the series, has mutated and taken on an even more gruesome aspect. Meanwhile, in West China, a group of Islamic Uyghur radicals have taken over an oil field as a form of protest against the treatment of the Uyghur people by the Han Chinese. This group is fronted by what may be an important character in the future, Marihan Ishaq, and is backed by returning characters, Sophia, Kenji, and the extraordinarily powerful, wonderfully enigmatic, Ennoia.

I find this volume to be both fascinating and gripping, but it is emblematic of what is the most difficult aspect of the whole series: change. Needless to say, if you have stuck around until volume 9, you are probably in it for the long haul. But even for people who could get past a first volume that brilliantly sets up characters and a fantastic world, only to have them disappear half way through and not appear for another four volumes, and then only briefly, this part will be a unique challenge. After all, the narrative has focused on Elijah for quite some time, and he isn't even mentioned in this book. To me, though, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Elijah came of age in the last one, so this is a natural breaking point. But it does emphasize one of the great aspects of this series: the defiance of conventional expectations.

You enjoyment of this volume, basically, depends heavily on whether you don't like it when Endo switches gears, or if you have learned to roll with the punches. Personally, I love it when an author does something that I don't expect, and loved this book. Endo has a wonderful social conscious, and the politics that seep through these pages is direct and real. This volume feels like something that Endo really needed to say. This is his, "no matter how different things feel, it's all pretty much the same" volume. There is a tangible back-and-forth to the politics and a well punctuated point that underlines how chess-game politics has very real consequences in the real world. Endo really goes out of his way here to emphasize that in this volume, and in Eden all together, all of these terrible things that happen are just extensions of, and really no worse than, things we have already done and continue to do. In the end, the most devastating tragedies are often nothing more than words on a teleprompter, or pawns in an elaborate game. Such is life in Eden.


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