07. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka, 424 pages, read by Courtney, on 08/07/2012

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to read for some time now. I’m familiar enough with the history of manga and anime to know the significance of Tezuka’s work, specifically Astro Boy. I’ve even read a different series that’s based on Astro Boy, but I’ve never really known where to start. This is just volumes 1&2 put together in one book and even that appears to be somewhat of an editorial decision. The story arcs in this book are mostly from the early ’60’s. The storylines range from silly action to poignant absurdity (I’m referring to the Pero story in this case). Modern manga readers may note that the artwork has only begun to develop the trademark manga/anime “look”.
Astro Boy is a fun read, with many goofy jokes and puns. The action is almost a constant as Astro Boy and his teacher, Mr. Mustacio manage to get themselves into all manner of predicaments. Be prepared for some major suspension of disbelief, as there is some serious deus ex machina going on in some stories.  Appropriate for all ages.  Oh, and Astro Boy has machine guns in his butt, so that’s a plus, right?

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