Quick comic comments: King of Thorn Vol. 2

The second volume of Yuji Iwahara’s King of Thorn (Tokyopop) offers more of exactly the same – a small handful of thawed-out survivors of a deadly disease navigate a now-monster-infested medical facility where they were cryogenically frozen until a cure could be found for their affliction.

I’d write a proper review, but it would end up sounding just like the one I wrote about the first volume, only with increased impatience — exciting set pieces, great art, and flat characters. It’s probably an unfair comparison, but I think Mochizuki Minetaro gave Dragon Head (also Tokyopop) a much more effective launch. There were just as many thrills and chills, but Minetaro’s characters were instantly arresting and specific, in spite of the extremity of their circumstances.

Has anyone read this series in Japanese or German or French? How long does it take for things to get weirder and more interesting, or at least more personal? I really want to like this series, because Iwahara’s Chikyu Misaki (CMX) is one of my favorite manga of all time, but I really need some reassurance that quirkier developments are coming.

5 Responses to Quick comic comments: King of Thorn Vol. 2

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  2. Huff says:

    I read the scanslations a while ago by chapter number, so I have no idea where I left off, but the description of “mediocre” seems pretty accurate. I kind of want to give it another shot because A) Mangascreener rarely scans things that are anything less than excellent, B) it was serialized in Ikki, the coolest magazine in manga, and C) Chikyu Misaki was the greatest 80’s adventure movie never made, but I have a hard time convincing myself that it can attain greatness at this rate. I guess I should flip through volume 3 when it comes out.

  3. Sebastian says:

    I really like Iwahara’s art, but I never bothered with KoT. It’s just not a story I want to read, so I never bothered with it after trying out vol.1 (from the setup, I just couldn’t imagine the story ever changing in a way that would make me want to read it again). I’d really rather have a translation of Koudelka or other series of his.

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    Thanks for the feedback (and the perfect description of Chikyu, Huff). I’ll probably give it one more volume, but if it’s still nothing but dinosaurs in corridors, well…

  5. pnyxtr says:

    Just you wait. In volume 3, instead of dinosaurs in corridors, you get mutant frogs in underwater corridors! I mean, wow! I bet you can’t wait to get to the next volume now.
    (Or were those in volume 4? Oh well, it doesn’t really matter, there are few ways to tell the volumes apart anyway…)

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