Date: January 1997
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2014 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 20 black & white pages plus “Letters to Akiko” and 2 page back-up story
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: The gang surmounts the Great Wall of Trudd.
There is a popular hang gliding mountain near where I live in Utah. Although I have never been, every time I pass it on the freeway I see loads of gliders lazily circling their way down from the top – and I get a hankerin’ to join in! I imagine it to be fun, a little bit scary and a bit relaxing too. Maybe some day I’ll get the nerve, time and energy to do it. In this issue of Akiko the gang makes use of a giant flag to do some hang gliding of their own – and it turns out to be pretty useful too!
“Up and Over” : Last issue saw Akiko’s gang arrive at the Great Wall of Trudd and begin climbing it – only to end on a cliff hanger (or is it “wall hanger!”) as all but one of them dangled perilously high above the ground! This issue begins as Spuckler uses his peg leg in a very creative way to help everyone reach the top of the wall. Once there they camp on the top as they contemplate how to get down the other side. Using a giant flag as a blanket the gang discusses what made Alia Rellapor so bad (Mr. Beeba thinks it’s because of aliens!) before drifting off to sleep. Akiko has another nightmare about a scary-looking Alia, and at dawn the gang decides to use the giant flag as a glider of sorts to reach the bottom. The crazy plan works and our rag-tag gang sets off across a long bridge into the realm of Alia Rellapor!
My 2 Cents:
- Story: – Just like last issue the story was fun, but wasn’t as good or exciting as the really great issues have been.
- Art: – Yep, there is something about the beautiful line art and pencil drawings that really make this series a joy to read! Another visually pleasing issue is this one!
- Fun Factor: – All this adds up to a fun (if not super exciting) story to read. Chalk it up to another good issue from a great series.
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