Graphic Novel Review: Space Captain Harlock (2022) by Jerome Alquie & Leiji Matsumoto

“Set throughout the timeline of the unique sequence, this brand-new Captain Harlock journey marks the start of a brand new story arc. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Mazon and regardless of being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock received’t surrender attempting to save lots of the world. This time, the supply of hazard comes instantly from Earth, not outer house. A group of scientists discovers a Mazon mausoleum the place they discover details about terrifying genetic manipulations and a harmful energy able to both offering the Mazon with immortality or placing an finish to their civilization. The unprecedented chilly spell hitting Earth would possibly solely be a style of what this new enemy has in retailer…” (Ablaze Publishing)

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House Captain Harlock has lengthy been an iconic character inside Japanese manga, and one whose affect as a stoic hero has made an impression on many creators within the style. Whereas there have been many iterations of the sequence, in addition to numerous appearances in popular culture, the Captain has not seen as a lot success right here within the West as a lot as different iconic figures from the traditional period of manga. Nevertheless, European artist Jerome Alquie takes on the problem of bringing the cult hero to a brand new viewers whereas paying homage to what made the sequence a standout within the first place.

Notably, the story exists throughout the cannon of the unique sequence–there is no such thing as a experimentation with the characters or a dreaded ‘re-imagining’. The crew, lead by Harlock, face off in opposition to a brand new risk from the Mazon that escalates into an epic struggle with towering goddesses of the alien race. On the similar time, the graphic novel offers glimpses into the previous of assorted crew in order that new audiences received’t be fully misplaced within the content material. It’s a properly balanced story for previous and new followers, and one that’s giant in each scale and severity.

Capturing the chaos of enormous intergalactic house battle is the place the artwork of Alquie excels. Photographs of the Mazon gods swimming by way of the depths or rising from the earth are splendidly envisioned. Moreover, the panel work is free flowing with photos typically bleeding into different panels in a means that heightens the visible presentation and narrative. The eye to element is superb, and Alquie’s devoted interpretation of the characters is certain to each appease current followers and attract new ones. Trying on the launch as a visible expertise alone, the ebook is an distinctive addition to the world of Captain Harlock.

The hardcover version, which collects all the six subject run, is complimented by showcasing the varied authentic and variant covers. As well as, the ebook consists of idea artwork that exhibits the method of Alquie and character bios on the finish. It makes for a pleasant package deal, and for people who haven’t been amassing the only points, that is the best option to seize the sequence in its entirety.

It’s actually thrilling to see House Captain Harlock and his crew take flight and struggle as soon as extra, Jerome Alquie’s interpretation of the work looks like a love letter to the unique materials. Excellent for current followers and people inquisitive about trying out the adventures of Arcadia crew for the primary time.

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