Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Inherit the Stars, vol. 4 review

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Inherit the Stars, vol. 4 , by Yukinobu Hoshino, Grade: B
Ok, everything wraps up in this volume with a nice, pretty bow. Initially, it looks grim because the Jevlen apparently wipe out the Giant's ship as it's trying to go to their home planet, and the the enemy looks ready to fire another asteroid at Earth. But, the Russians ambush one of the Cro-mag Peace Council members while he's driving in his car, and the humans trick him into thinking that the planet is going to get wiped out now so he might as well talk and try to save all of them together.

Eventually, the Giants demonstrate that they knew the Jevlen would try to do something dirty, so they'd set up a dummy ship for them to attack. The Giants send a newer, smaller warp drive ship to Earth, and it's equipped with holographic technology to let them talk to the humans over a distance. The Giants are angry now, and agree to assist in the battle against the Cro-mags. The Human Space Council conducts simultaneous raids on the homes of all the Peace Council members, and the Russian member sends a message to the Jevlen home planet saying that he's changed allegiances and is going to help the humans in their war against the Jev. The Giants hack the Jevlen military communications feeds to project the illusion of a massive fleet of Earth ships coming in on a fast approach.

The Jevlen top politicians and military leaders panic and rush for an escape ship. The head Jev forces a warp jump too early and the ship implodes on its way into hyper-space. The Space Council is victorious, the remaining Jev assimilate with the humans, and Hunt is allowed to go back to civilian life as the humans continue on with their peaceful ways.

(The Jev leaders implode.)

Summary: Yeah, well... I guess I now know why I've never read anything by Hogan. I have tried a few other books by Hoshino, and I do like his Professor Case Books series, but I only want to get them if I can find them used. This time? Not so impressed. Hoshino does fine with his astronomical artwork, but his character designs can be all over the map, and he's not that good drawing combat scenes. And, unfortunately, he dumbs down the story by playing up the "peaceful resolution" element to shoehorn it in with the then-current Japanese mindset of "we're the peace lovers, and the peaceful route is the superior one". Again, there's a strong sense of wishful thinking in this manga. If you like Hogan, and the Giants books, then you'll probably like Hoshino's adaptation. Me, I'm going back to Q.E.D. and Area 51.

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