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Review: Okko- The Cycle of Air #2

Take a journey to feudal Japan...


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Take a journey to feudal Japan in this incredibly crafted comic...
 

The Good

The first thing I have to mention is the magnificent art work. It has been a long time since I have opened up a comic and thought to myself, "wow, not only does this artist have a fantastic storytelling capability, but he has managed to take my breath away." Seriously. I have not seen pencils this impressive in a long time. Everything from the emotion on the faces of the characters, to the movement of the wind is brilliantly drawn in this comic. The story is set in feudal Japan, I would guess during the middle guess and focuses on a clan of Samurai. The story is split between being fun and light, to serious and ends on a very somber note. The reader will be left wondering how long they will have to wait for the next issue! It is that good!
 

The Bad

The worst I can say about this book is that it is in no way new-reader friendly, which is a surprise considering it's only part two of four. When you are not publishing a comic on a consistent basis it can be difficult for readers to follow. Additionally, a small "indi" company like Archaia does not release issues every Wednesday and should want to do everything in their power to attract new readers. Having said that, I really felt that the writers of this comic should have included some sort of introduction that would brief new readers in the beginning of the book, giving a synopsis of what happened in the last issue and who the characters are. This book should take a lesson from John Layman's "CHEW," which is a perfect example of how to easily make an indi comic accessible to new readers. 
 

The Verdict - 4/5

The fact that this comic is not new-reader friendly is truly a shame. Criticisms aside, reading the second issue will make you want to read the first While it was at times confusing, Okko is a fantastic series and a fun read- this comic will not disappoint!