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Akiko #5
May 27th, 2013 by Rusty

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Akiko #5 cover

Akiko #5

Date: July(?) 1996
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 black & white pages plus “Letters to Akiko” and one house ad
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: Sea serpents and acid worms!

Are You Scared Of Bugs?

Do creepy-crawlies give you the creepy-crawlies? I am average when it comes to being squeamish, I guess. I don’t usually freak out around bugs… but if you were to put a spider on me I might do the mad “get-it-off-me” dance! Here is a story where Akiko and her friends must show great self-control to overcome some creepy monsters!


At the end of issue #4 Akiko and her friends splashed into the Moonguzzit sea. This issue begins with them being swallowed by a giant sea serpent! Once inside the crew discovers that there are other problems too – like the acidic Sleeslup Worms! The lucky combination of Mr. Beeba’s smarts, Spuckler’s fighting skills and Akiko’s strange, synthetic clothing keep the monsters at bay though. And just after the gang is lulled to sleep by Poog’s mysterious and other-worldly singing they find that the sea serpent decides to go vertical – which makes life very difficult… especially for Akiko!

My 2 Cents:

  • The wrap-around cover depicting a package from Akiko was really neat!
  • Once again I felt that the storyline and action in this issue was a little below par for Akiko adventures. Still good – but just a little slow.
  • The limited setting (inside the sea serpent) didn’t quite allow for Mr. Crilley to show off his incredible art. I love his black-and-white pencil drawings – but there just wasn’t anything too exciting in this issue.

How I Rate This Issue:

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

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