Monday, November 30, 2009

A Distant Neighborhood vol. 2

Last week the second, concluding volume of A Distant Neighborhood arrived and I'll say without any qualifications that it, like all of Jiro Taniguchi's comic book / manga creations, easily ranks at the top of the finest in this medium (he's also written and drawn The Summit of the Gods, The Walking Man, and The Quest For The Missing Girl).

I posted a blog entry on the first volume of A Distant Neighborhood on Thursday, October 1st, but to recap, A Distant Neighborhood is one of those "person gets to go back to their past as their younger self - would what they do in the past change what happens in their future" stories and the conclusion is every bit as satisfying as the road that leads to it. Does Hiro (the character who ends up in his past as his fourteen year old self) manage to find out why his father left his family from that time period and is he able to alter the way that plays out (yes the second volume answers these questions, but I'm not going to deprive anyone of discovering those answers for themselves by revealing them here)? I really can't see anyone glimpsing at Tangiguchi's art (cover shown above) and not wanting to immerse themselves into his books.

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