Manga of the Month - May 2011[SIZE="4"]Steel Ball Run[/SIZE]Story and art by Hirohiko ArakiGenre:
Action, adventure, America, superpowers, rock music, horse racing, cowboys and dinosaurs, high fashionAge:
Did that guy's arm just bend backwards to shoot himself with his own gun that's what how is that possible. Also, language and other assorted violence.
There is no one else in comics today quite like Hirohiko Araki; frankly, I'm not convinced there ever was or ever will be again. The man has taken something and made it wholly and uniquely his, which is what brings us to Steel Ball Run. Unofficially officially yet another chapter in Araki's long-running work JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (serialized longer than I have been alive
), Steel Ball Run is something of a fresh starting point for new readers, though familiar fans will notice more than a few old hooks. In an alternate 1890s America, a government-sponsored horse race across the continent has begun as men and women from around the world compete for the grand prize of $50,000,000. However, with the discovery of a mysterious corpse known only as The Saint, strange events begin to envelop the race as men develop unthinkable powers beyond their imagination.
Absolutely everything in SBR is classic Araki refined and distilled. The women are beautiful, the men are beautiful, everyone dresses like David Bowie and Lady Gaga and everyone - everyone - is a living music reference, contending with impossibly fantastic powers; men turn into dinosaurs, an assassin breathes explosives into the air, a hermit gunslinger turns back time, and sound effects come alive off the page to wreck havoc in the "Real world." There is nothing else in manga that reads, or looks - or feels
- like Hirohiko Araki.
Steel Ball Run is completed at 24 volumes. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is currently serialized at 104 volumes.