Comic Review: Battle Maiden Knuckle Bomb

Published: September, 2019
Written by: Keung Lee
Art by: Keung Lee

Murakumo Comics, 64 Pages


I first came across this crowdfunded comic when Keung Lee was introduced on an episode of Ethan Van Sciver’s Comicsgate Live YouTube show. Being a fan of the manga style, as well as tokusatsu, this definitely peaked my interest.

I didn’t back it initially, however, but I kept my eye on it for quite some time. After more art came out and Keung Lee spent more time on other people’s livestreams talking about the project, I finally decided to back it a few months after the campaign launched.

Battle Maiden Knuckle Bomb is described as manga and tokusatsu presented in the reading style western audiences prefer. It absolutely works and I dig the hell out of Lee’s art style. Everything is so polished and nice to look at.

Beyond that, this also has a sort of cyberpunk superhero feel to it. While it’s not quite as futuristic and dystopian feeling as Akira, Battle Angel Alita or Ghost In the Shell, it certainly channels those franchises in a subtle way. At least, I see similar tropes and tones. Although, this is more lighthearted and taps more into the teen manga style than those darker, more serious books.

This is the first part of a larger story arc. So this serves as the introduction to what will be a bigger world and a bigger tale. It does a good job getting you invested in the characters and their unique world. After finishing this, I wished there was already a second volume to delve into. I guess we’ll have to wait some time for that but I’m pretty sure I’ll also back the follow up.

Out of all the recent crowdfunded comics, this is certainly in the upper echelon for me. It’s got beautiful art, a cool style and it makes you care about the story you’re reading.

Rating: 8/10
Pairs well with: future comics by Keung Lee, as well as other comics under the Murakumo imprint.

Comic Review: Space Battleship Yamato – The Classic Collection

Published: April 9th, 2019
Written by: Leiji Matsumoto
Art by: Leiji Matsumoto

Seven Seas, 644 Pages


Being that I loved Star Blazers, as a kid, and that I just revisited the show because it’s been decades, I wanted to give the source material a read.

So when this complete collection dropped on Amazon recently, I had to get a copy. Plus, it was nice looking and a hardcover book. I also bought all three hardcover volumes of Captain Harlock, as well. Those will be reviewed in the near future.

Anyway, I’ve been a fan of everything I’ve seen that has been a product of Leiji Matsumoto’s mind and this manga is no different.

While this differs from the television series that was based on it, it was cool seeing where all these ideas, concepts and characters came from. Also, this has a little cameo in it by Captain Harlock, tying these two franchises by Matsumoto together.

This is a space opera of the highest caliber and a true manga classic. Each chapter was great and made me more invested in the overall story.

I really dug the hell out of Matsumoto’s artwork and his splash pages and spreads were all breathtaking. Sure, there are a lot of sequential pages without dialogue that are just full of action or the majestic body of the Yamato traveling through space but each and every one was superb and poster worthy.

I really loved this book. It’s stupendous from start to finish and if you’re a fan of Star Blazers you really should treat yourself to this original manga.

Rating: 9.25/10
Pairs well with: Matsumoto’s other manga work, such as Captain Harlock.