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Akiko #4
April 13th, 2013 by Rusty

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Akiko #4 cover

Akiko #4

Date: June 1996
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 black & white pages plus “Letters to Akiko” and one ad
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: A dream and a storm!

Realistic Dreams

Have you ever had a very, very realistic dream? You know – the kind where when you wake up you’re shocked it wasn’t real? And maybe even sad that it wasn’t real? I have, and usually I feel a bit disappointed and cheated that I expended so much emotional energy on something that wasn’t even real! Oh well, better that than a nightmare eh? In this issue Akiko, our favorite 4th grader, has just such a dream.


At the end of Akiko #3 the gang sailed off in a new sky boat. This issue begins with Akiko and her friends gently floating through soft clouds and perfect nights – which is where Akiko falls asleep and has a very realistic dream. She dreams that she is back home and the Prince visits her while he is running away from Alia Rellapor. The monster lady chases them outside where they board a fantastical roller coaster through town. Just as things get scary Akiko wakes up back on the sky boat where a nasty Skugbit storm is beginning to attack them. The issue ends as our friends plummet into the Moonguzzit sea and the domain of a giant sea creature!

My 2 Cents:

  • Once again Mr. Crilley’s art was amazing! The scenes of the boat floating through the night sky as well as the majestic roller coaster were just terrific! A+ baby!
  • The story was a little bit slow, but maybe that’s because a new story arc is just beginning – so some set up is required. The dream scene, however, was a nice piece of work that added a little oomph to the story.
  • Alia Rellapor, at least the perceived dream version of her, was awesome! She was a truly scary lady, and the horns and fangs made her character even more fun!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 5 stars
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars

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