The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past
Shotaro Ishinomori is a legend in Japan. After creating such beloved works as Cyborg 009 and Masked Rider, it's amazing that he took the time to form a story from a Super Nintendo game. But I'm glad that he did!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past is lovingly illustrated with fast-paced action sequences, beautiful fantasy scenes, and hideous monsters. The colors are bright and vibrant, and Ishinomori has a lot of fun with the story, injecting humor and goofiness into what was a straight-forward fantasy. Having been serialized in Nintendo Power, it does feel a little repetitive after awhile, and I found that I enjoyed it more when I read it in short bursts, like how readers would have read it back when it was being serialized. I also appreciate that Viz published this in a larger book format to really showcase the art the way it would have been seen during its initial run.
There's really no mistaking the talent here. After a few pages, it's obvious that a huge talent is at the helm of this story, and he takes his readers on one heck of a ride.