A while ago I did several reviews on a comic book series called One Nation, a world created by by Jason Reeves and John Ruben Milton. Penned by Revees and Alverne Ball, this comic book universe is wrought with special individuals called Kermat. Each Kermat possesses a special ability and are being hunted down because of it, by various cults. I’ve been a fan of the series since the first issue and when I discovered there was a manga chapter of the series I picked it up with the quickness.
This installment of ON takes place in japan where we find a the young Fumiko Akita murdered, officers Yamada and Hayate baffled, and Yamada’s son Norio upset that he couldn’t protect his crush. As it turns out Norio is a Kermat with the ability to create localized singularities, with devastating effects. After some questioning we’re introduced to the Black Lotus, a cult/ gang that runs Fujisawa High School, the same school that Norio attends.
The officers bring in the group’s leader, Hiji, Fumiko’s boyfriend and the well respected son of a very powerful lawyer. While playing cool, calm and uncooperative, seem to be Hiji’s forte, he leaves the police no clues to go on, that is until Norio disguises himself and uses his fists to extract info from various Lotus members. At the same time Sundita, a very old and very learned Kermat tracks him down to assist him in dismantling the Black Lotus. On the other side of the city Norio’s father is lured into a trap by the associates of criminal he put away long ago and is murdered. After a battle with Hiji and his goons Norio and Sundita emerge victorious only to now seek revenge for the former’s Father.
This go around was just what the doctor had ordered for me, what with all the anime I’d been watching. A lot the story reminded me of the Shin Megami Tensei game series, with it’s Japanese cults and human sacrifices. The storytelling created a dark and foreboding atmosphere, which lent to sense that someone important to the story might die and the fact that it happened in the most unexpected way was made it all the more a bitter moment.
Now I’d be remiss if I said this was a perfect story, there were some typos, here and there, and some of the dialogue sounded a little more American than anything I had seen or read from Japan. The art was great, recreating the manga style very well down to the fight scenes, which were very reminiscent of various manga I had read. This comic had one of the most satisfying cliffhanger endings I’ve read in a long time, when I got to the last page I didn’t feel like I had been robbed or that I had lost something, on the contrary I felt as though the epilogue had ended and that a new exciting journey was beginning.
You can pick up One Nation: The Black Lotus at 133art