Colonel Shikishima is used as the latest scapegoat to explain why the Sol rocket was used and parts of the city destroyed, and he loses his command. Despite the disgrace, the soldiers are still severely loyal to him, and he employs his forces to help recover Akira before the boy fully awakens. Kei and Kaneda try to bring Akira to a safe place, but they find themselves being betrayed by someone they thought an ally. The Colonel uses the three super-powered children to track Akira, while Lady Miyako deploys three of her own children to bring Akira to her. All of these opposing parties chase each other through the streets of Neo-Tokyo during a city-wide lockdown, which means the protector robots are also after them all for breaking curfew.
Vol 1: The Promise, illustrated by Nick Dragotta, lettered by Rus Wooton, colored by Frank Martin Jr
Three of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have been reincarnated as children in a nation that very slightly resembles the United States in a bizarre future. One of the Horsemen is nowhere to be seen, and the other three set off to find and kill him. We move to another scene where a man, dressed in an all white Wild West outfit, extorts information from a barkeep in exchange for the man’s life. What our mysterious man in white receives is a list of "The Chosen", the seven people who can bring about the End of the World based on the teachings of "The Message". The man in white is Death, and he’d very much like for the world not to end.
Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
Now that the world has been turned upside down, the Ratri clan desperately try to reestablish a similar government and farm system to put the world back to what it was. They plan on making all the farms like Lambda so none of the children they raise as food will have free will or rise up against them again. They prepare to make one last stand against Emma and her friends back where it all began: Grace Field House. Mom has now become Grandma, the head of the whole farm system, and she wields enormous power as the leader of the Sisters who work the farms.
The second volume in this series sees an uptick in the amount of action (not that volume 1 lacked). Tetsuo recovers quickly from his gunshot wounds and demands answers from the doctor who seems to be running the experiments on gifted people. He finds out that there are more kids in the facility with powers and forces the doctor to take him to meet them. Meanwhile, Kei suddenly has powers she’s never had before and uses them to break out of her cell and evade capture, in the same facility . She gets Kaneda out as well and tries to stop Tetsuo. The other three gifted children are actually controlling Kei in an attempt to stop Tetsuo because they’ve seen what future he brings about, and they don’t like it. Tetsuo learns of the existence and location of Akira, and plans to free him.
Vol 1: Destiny, illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli, colored by Matt Wilson
Thirty years ago, the US sealed itself off from the rest of the world. No communications in or out, no people in or out. In the absence of this global superpower, the world fell into war and used terrible means to establish two warring factions: The Pan-Asian Prosperity Zone, and the Alliance Euro-Afrique. Now, America has broken its silence and sent a message to both: we have the cure for your current deadly virus, set to wipe out almost all human life within the next few years, and you have to come here to get it. The two sides assemble a team of seeming misfits - America experts, epidemiologists, soldiers, a journalist - and send them into a place no one has set foot for three decades. Just as their helicopter crests the ocean walls of California, all hell breaks loose, and it quickly becomes a much different mission, full of Americana, action, and mystery.
Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
Norman's diabolical plan to eradicate the demons gets underway in this volume, despite Emma and Ray racing to the capital to try to stop him. First, Norman and his team blow up the bridges into the Demon Capital, so escaping is going to be tricky. Then, they invade the palace and pit the demon nobles up against each other along with their ally demon, Geelan, We also get all of the backstory on Geelan and how he came to be banished. Meanwhile, Emma and Ray navigate the demon capital trying to get to the castle to stop Norman before he goes too far. The Demon Queen, Legravalima, proves to be a hugely formidable foe, and her strength proves how she has managed to stay on top in a violent demon society.
Illustrations by Tetsuo Hara
In a dystopian future, the world has become a desolate wasteland full of biker gangs jockeying for land, power, and resources (think Mad Max). Kenshiro is a warrior, the sole suriving practitioner of the Hokuto Shinken (Big Dipper God Fist), an ancient martial art that relies on power over a body's meridian points, giving him considerable strength over his enemies. Kenshiro has become determined to fight against the gangs that threaten peaceful villages. Along the way, he gains a travel companion, a young thief named Bat, and later, a little orphaned girl named Rin. Kenshiro comes up against several overly strong individuals, including his old friend Shin, a practitioner of the Nanto Koshū Ken (South Dipper Lone Eagle Fist) martial art. The men have become enemies because of their mutual love of the same girl, Yuria, and Shin's actions in getting Yuria to love him instead of Kenshiro.
In the 1980s, strange explosions took out some of the major cities around the globe. Now, in 2032, Neo-Tokyo is a rough place to grow up. Tetsuo and Kaneda are high school students, but they’re also part of a rough biker gang that likes to push the boundaries of where they drive their bikes. In the seedy underbelly of this tough society is a secret government research team with an unknown tie to a project only known by one name: Akira. A young boy escapes from this research team and crosses paths with Kaneda and Tetsuo while they're out joyriding. This chance meeting brings Tetsuo into the crosshairs of the government agents, and has Kaneda searching for his friend - and answers.
Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
Emma and Ray have entered the playground of one of the most powerful demons in the world. They are there to renegotiate The Promise, the agreement between humans and demons that set the world up the way it is today. Norman is also prepared to march with a group of super-soldiers, who look strikingly like the incredibly strong Adam, and he is planning on taking his forces to the Imperial Capital of the demons. He sends Gilda and Don to find the “Evil-Blooded” demons, under the pretense that he wants to protect them from the war that is about to break out with all demon-kind. Don and Gilda know, however, that Norman wanted to get rid of the two nice demons, so they have to find a way to keep Sonja and Mujika safe. Emma finally cracks the riddle that will lead her to making a new promise, but she may have to sacrifice something much more than she’s willing in order to get it.
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