Item description for Assembly Pocket Manga (Pocket Manga (Antarctic Press)) by Sherard Jackson...
In a land where war and rain are constant, the only way to pull your life together is sacrifice. A tale exploring the line between reality and perception unfolds in a war-torn socialist city-state. Giant mechanized warriors are locked in a perpetual struggle, but it is the flying corps, the pilots, who fuel the war. What motivates Shon, a young woman living in poverty, to sign away her freedom for almost certain death?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.17" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Aug 25, 2004
Publisher Antarctic Press
ISBN 1932453512 ISBN13 9781932453515
Reviews - What do customers think about Assembly Pocket Manga (Pocket Manga (Antarctic Press))?
Death, Taxes, Robots Nov 16, 2006
Hot off the Antarctic Press, aspiring manga-ka Sherard Jackson brings us the first of the four-volume novel "Assembly," a futuristic story set in a totalitarian city-state at war with rebel factions. Against her big sister's wishes, young Shon enlists in the state military to show her national pride and help pay the bills. Though landing a medical job that keeps her as far from combat as possible, it's not long before Shon is given mech-pilot status and thrown into the front lines.
While you may turn a skeptical eye towards American manga, there's actually decent storytelling and artwork here. Jackson provides an interesting twist on the rebels-against-the-Man story, depicting a "government lap dog" as the hero. The story is also a twist on the giant robot genre, rejecting the classic accidental hero in favor of a headstrong kid who's in way over her head.
Jackson also rejects consistency with his artistic style for desired effects. In casual scenes, the art is something you'd find in a typical webcomic. It then gets more abstract to match the chaos of the fight scenes. But Jackson saves his true talent for the most dramatic moment in the story, and gets a rather haunting result in the process. A gallery of Jackson's character and mechanical designs is also included.
Overall, the sci-fi/drama crowd might get a kick of this one. But given the current political/social atmosphere, the comic may also earn itself more flack than it really deserves.