Junk Force, Vol. 1

Junk Force, Vol. 1

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From Publishers Weekly This Japanese graphic novel opens in an all-too-familiar setting for science fiction: a post-apocalyptic future Earth turned into a wasteland. According to the convoluted back story, the devastation was the result of the "Last World War." One faction migrated to Mars, leaving behind the Z.P.T., a computerized system for "cleansing" Earth's damaged environment. In the usual way of such stories, the Z.P.T. went out of control and began destroying Earth's cities. The heroes who take it upon themselves to save Earth are a band of three girls, Liza, Mill and Wooty, and a boy, Louis, ranging in age from 13 to 16. Characterization isn't one of this manga's strong points (e.g., Wooty is described as "short-tempered" and boastful about the size of her breasts, and in a blatant example of the book's pandering to its young male readership, Wooty rips off her top to show them off). The fact that the girls (and Louis) are all drawn in a standard manga mode (i.e., as big-eyed children) works against the book's erotic ambitions. Though the stories attempt large-scale action sequences, the confusing visual storytelling diminishes their impact, and it's often unclear where the characters are in relation to their surroundings. Occasionally the stories hit upon an idea with potential, like a woman who adopted an android in the form of a small girl. But such moments receive only superficial treatment. This book's main concerns are violence, vehicles, weaponry and gratuitous female nudity. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more From the Publisher In this post-apocalyptic world, Liza, Wooty, Mill and possibly the luckiest man alive, Louis, use their mechanical prowess to fend off waves of Z.P.T’s superior mechanized forces with their salvaged monster tanks and junked together weapons. Along the way they find Mamet, an unbearably cute little girl, who just may end up being their greatest asset. Together, they attempt to survive and try to get to the bottom of the actions of the mysterious Z.P.T factions…in between trips to amusement parks, hot springs, and other diversions of course! Junk Force has all the gritty tech elements that made titles like Dirty Pair and Dominion Tank Police classics, along with a generous dose of the wildly popular bishoujo (cute girls!) genre that has become a modern staple in the minds of anime and manga fans. Junk Force is primed to explode onto shelves in January 2004, just in time to start the year with a bang! Leave the planet and don’t look back!!! Read more