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Akiko #1
December 23rd, 2012 by Rusty

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Akiko #1 cover

Akiko #1

Date: March 1996
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2012 NM Price: $5.00
Stats: 23 black & white pages
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: Chapter 1 of the “Back to Smoo” storyline.

One of the Best Comic Book Series Ever!

I first encountered an issue of Akiko in the late 1990s, and totally fell in love with it. Over the next many years I tracked down all 52 issues of this excellent series, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through them. In fact the series was so good that I read it to each of my kids when they were but young ‘uns who climbed on my lap and begged for a bed-time story. Guess what? They loved it too!


Akiko, who has been to the planet Smoo before, starts out telling us the story of how she went back there for another visit. Yeah, turns out she was playing with some of her friends on the first day of summer vacation when a strange ice-cream truck comes to her neighborhood. Who should be selling the tasty treats but her old pal King Froptoppit! He uses his special “truck” to blast off for Smoo, but when they arrive they discover panic in the aftermath of an attack by the king’s nemesis: Alia Rellapor! Not only did that wicked woman attack Smoo, but she also kidnapped the king’s son, so he quickly appoints a rescue party headed by none other than Akiko herself. She wastes little time in gathering a handful of trusted friends to help her retrieve the prince. As our heroes head off over Moonguzzit Sea they are attacked by Sky Pirates and we last see the daring crew as they plunge into the ocean!

My 2 Cents:

  • A totally cool story which is a blast to read! This is my 3rd time reading it and I still absolutely love it! (My kids agree too – it is a fun read for all ages.)
  • Ah, the crisp black and white art is beautiful! Crilley does an excellent job with his sharp images, and still manages to convey the fact that this should be a fun and light-hearted comic. Well done, sir, well done indeed!
  • Just the right amount of dialogue vs. art – some great scenes, some great conversations, and not too much of either.
  • The names is this issue are totally cool and just seem to roll off your tongue: Alia Rellapor, Spuckler, Moonguzzit – how can you not love those?
  • Learn more about this excellent series on Wikipedia.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars
  • Art: 5 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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One Response  
  • Akiko #2 | The Comic Prospector writes:
    January 3rd, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    […] at the end of Akiko #1 our daring band of misfit rescuers was plunging into the sea… and this issue begins with them […]