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Giganto Maxia Manga Review

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Giganto MaxiaA new path forward in a far flung future.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kentaro Miura
Translation/Adaptation: Not Listed

What They Say
From Berserk creator Kentaro Miura comes Giganto Maxia, a science-fiction/fantasy manga of titanic proportions! One hundred million years in the future, the Empire of Olympus uses colossal mutant beasts to crush its adversaries. Only the gladiator Delos, the mystic Prome, and the titan Gohra can hope to prevent genocide!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Kentaro Miura has certainly delighted me across the years with his work on Berserk, though I’ll easily admit I fell out of the ongoing releases years ago due to the irregular schedule for it and the drawn out nature. But the man can produce some visually stirring work on an epic scale that few creators are able to – mostly because the ones that gain fame are those that work the weekly churn. Miura took some time off from Berserk to stretch his skills with this series back in late 2013 to early 2014, a seven chapter/single volume book that tells one particular tale. It’s the kind of exercise that’s good for a storyteller, particularly one mired deep within an expansive and decades-long work, as it lets them flex and break free from it for a bit.

The tale is the very loose kind where the less you ask about the details the better off you are. Taking place a hundred million years in the future, we’re introduced to a world where everything has been altered in a dark and post-apocalyptic way that’s reminiscent of Nausicaa to a degree. When a mass from space collided with the Earth it brought about the end times for man, resulting in small and unusual scatterings across the globe. It also gave rise eventually to the Giganto, massive creatures that are like sea creatures given to be hundreds of feet tall and massive in their power. Some of these giganto are controlled by the Empire that runs a hard and cruel nation that destroys so much that’s out in the wastelands, particularly as they try to gain control over more giganto that exist out there.

Where we follow the tale is with a warrior of the wasteland, a wrestler of sorts named Delos. Delos works with a little girl named Prome who is essentially his contractor, using him to achieve her goals. The pair are part of what she’s trying to bring about into the world with a new form of symbiosis as they’re able to become a giganto themselves. So what it wants to work through is showing the nature of their relationship as they end up at the sprawling and intriguing scarab beetle village where humans, the strain known as Myu, exist with the beetles. The outlying villages related to this have been hunted and destroyed for some time and the empire is closing in on them, which has Prome wanting to come there to try and see how they operate and if they’re part of how the world is changing.

That’s all a very loose look at the overarching storyline because there really isn’t a whole lot deeper than that, though you can easily read a lot more into it. Where it wants to spend its time, and wisely so, is with the expansive fight sequences. Early on we get several chapters showing the fight between Delos and the best warrior of the village and it’s just a sprawling wrestling match between two highly skilled and powerful people. There are some striking sequences in how it unfolds and Miura’s detail and flow of it with the layouts and movements just make it captivating to go through, a true master of his craft. Just as engaging but in a different way are the giganto fights move as we get a lot of incredible two-page and one-page spreads that just defy visually. There’s so much detail to it, so rich in layers and nuance with how it all works and the musculature of it, that you could easily spend hours poring over it as a lesson in how to create something incredibly dynamic.

In Summary
I was curious about this short run series back when it was first announced in Japan and I was thrilled when Dark Horse picked it up. Considering their strong support of Miura over the years with Berserk you could consider it a given, but you never know. What we get with this book is like a sliver of a far larger story, a snapshot of events that tease the larger concept but focus on what’s essentially a brawling book, and it works surprisingly well if you stick to that angle. The story is simplistic but it’s designed to be easily accessible. What makes it a thrilling ride to take is just the visual design and detail of the artwork as it feels incredibly rare to see this kind of work out there these days, even more so with what gets licensed in the US. This may not be a mainstream book but it’s the kind of book that really should be looked at for the greater appreciation of what the medium can produce from such a talent as Miura.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: February 3rd, 2016
MSRP: $13.99

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