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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 978-1595822505
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Gantz

Gantz Vol. #04

A new foe appears

By Danielle Van Gorder     September 05, 2009
Release Date: March 04, 2009

Gantz Vol. #04
© Dark Horse

It's bad enough having to fight aliens, but having to face off against your own teammates as well?  That's hardly fair.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Hiroya Oku Works.
Translation: Matthew Johnson
Adaptation: Matthew Johnson

What They Say

A new game begins! The masochistic orb Gantz has gathered a new crew of ordinary citizens to play within its dangerous plot. The new draftees and returning survivors are thrown headfirst into a new game promising a far more lethal prey. This time their target is a strange robot in the guise of famed Japanese folk singer Tanaka Seijin, but what monstrous alien form lurks beneath this crooning facade? Kei, Masaru, and Kishimoto, now seasoned pros of this diabolical death match, have to decide whether it's in their best interest to let this new batch of recruits in on the details and pitfalls of the game, or use their previous assignment's scars to their advantage.

The Review!
Once more unto the breach, Kei and his group are sent out against a new alien foe, but this time Kei doesn't have the protection of his suit.  And what's the first thing he sees when he's transported?  Really, he has terrible luck.  But the Tanaka-bot doesn't seem to be particularly intimidating...until it gets angry.  And nothing gets it angrier than having one if its strange little bird things hurt, as the too-knowledgable kid from the last round learns. 

Despite the invisibility that his mastery of the suit gives him, the alien can see right through him, and is, to say the least, displeased that one of the little ones was killed.  Despite Kato (and a reluctant Kei)'s best efforts, he's overcome, and they still have one more alien left to capture.  Meanwhile, the rest of their group is learning that there's just no going home once Gantz has caught you in his little trap. 

With the help of one of a radar that came with one of the suits, Kato determines that there's another alien they have to capture.  But his analysis quickly turns out to be slightly flawed, and his attempt to leave Kei behind where he would be safe backfires just as surely.  You kind of have to feel bad for them - Kato wants only to be the hero but seems to continually fall short, while Kei wants nothing more than to run away and stay alive, but always seems to end up right in the thick of things.  And their unfailing belief in the tools that Gantz has provided them with is rather baffling - he's stacked the deck against them in every other way, wouldn't it make sense that these would be stacked against them too?  But there's still a part of them that wants to trust that the world makes sense, even in the face of everything they've gone through.  Gantz is harsh but definitely addictive, like a reality show that you just can't quite bring yourself to turn off.


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