Wednesday, March 16, 2011

7 Billion Needles: Vol. 3 - Review

Evolution is a Dangerous Thing

The world takes an unexpected turn when a strange being with powers that surpass Horizon and Malestrom decides to make evolution jump on planet Earth. Only the two powerful space creatures and their human host Hikaru can stand against armies of mutants and dinosaurs that are ripping the planet apart.

This installment of the manga adaptation of the sci-fi classic novel Needle takes a daring turn by surpassing the source material and adding to the scope of the story's universe. Using the conflicts between Horizon and Malestrom from planet to planet to represent the cycle of life, and the ceased activity of that battle to show what can happen when nature stops working as it intended. This not only makes for a great story, but also shows the importance of the genre when speculating what can happen when the order of the universe is shattered by an unnatural event.

The artwork continues to be stylish and top notch, and the writing is on the same par. I don't know how Japanese comics seem to do it, but it's almost like the pacing and the artwork allow you to read faster and get more involved with the story. I remember reading something about that by comics legend Scott McCloud, and I'd have to agree.

If you've been following this series, get the next installment ASAP! The 4th volume will be out in April, and I've already pre-ordered my copy.

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