Author: Bastien Vivès, Michael Sanlaville, Balak
|Book Rating: 4/5|
|Bottom Line: Has everything you could want from an action book.|
Richard Aldana, the mysterious stranger who entered the Games in the first volume of Last Man, continues to defeat all of his competitors, despite his outlandish refusal to use any magic, and to rely solely on martial arts. With young Adrian fighting at his side, he’s beginning to look like a likely contender for the Royal Cup. But in a breathtaking twist, everything changes: this world is not what you thought it was, and Richard Aldana is certainly not who he claimed.
With the same fast-paced, action-oriented storytelling and gorgeous art as The Stranger, the third volume of Last Man changes all the rules, and will leave readers eagerly awaiting Book 4!
This is the third book in the series and although I haven’t read the first two, I didn’t feel lost. It does a excellent job of explaining who the characters are, what they’ve done, and how they got here without slowing down the forward movement. There is just a lot of polished storytelling going on with this book.
The city they reach is full of some of the wackiest characters I’ve read in awhile. The cops are some kind of idiotic mutant that is closer to being bandits than law enforcement. They also have a beef with the local firemen. The court of law is actually a no-holds barred wrestling match and lawyers are professional fighters. There are just so many ‘what?!’ moments in this book and you’ll love every single one.
The art fits perfectly. It is both simple and complex. Cartoony and realistic. It makes this wacky world come to life and makes the unbelievable believable. It has a European vibe about it while evoking some manga influences when it comes to the action. It is also very unique and distinct. It is colored in grays, which works, but I would really love to see it in color. The simple lines almost beg for color.
The books teeters on the edge of all ages. There is never anything said or shown outright that would make it adult only, but there is a brothel and the cops talk about raping. Should be okay for pre-teens, but parents may want to have a conversation with their kids either before or after.
This is the perfect book for readers who want a great action story and a world that keeps expanding, but are tired of the usual superhero books.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review