Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Eden Volume 2

The second volume of Eden: It's an Endless World! continues the adventures of young Elijah in a world ravaged by plague. This volume has very few moments where the narrative pauses to take a tender look at the characters and their feelings. It's pretty much non-stop action from page one to the end, with a few flashbacks thrown in for good measure (unlike the first volume which was full of background information, complete with a good slow look at the world post-plague). This manga is really worthy of more attention than it's gotten. The pages, illustrated by Hiroki Endo, are beautiful, with the usual incorporation of machines in the post-apocalyptic genre Eden falls into, balancing the splendor of the mountainous terrain the characters find themselves in during this chapter. Some new characters, that of Gloria and Kachua, are introduced here as well, adding a new dynamic to the cast as Elijah watches the relationships of the mercenaries around him progress at the same time as they battle for their lives and quite possibly, the fate of the world.

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