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Akiko #8
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December 21st, 2013 by Rusty

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Akiko #8 cover

Akiko #8

Date: October 1996
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 19 black & white pages plus “Letters to Akiko”, a 3 page mini-story and one ad
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: Akiko’s gang takes the road less traveled!

Do You Ever Admit You Were Wrong?

Arguing with friends and colleagues can be fun, don’t you think? In this issue we get to see more of Spuckler and Mr. Beeba exchanging words about, well… just about everything! They fight over which road to take, how to travel, what to do with the dragon’s egg and more. It is the part about the egg that ends up nearly costing Spuckler his life – and after he has paid a dear price he finally admits to his friendly nemesis that he was wrong. Gosh, what an inspiring tale, huh? 😉

Synopsis:

“Looking for Trudd” : At the end of Akiko #7 the gang was given a map to the Great Wall of Trudd. This issue begins as they come to a fork in the road, and Spuckler convinces them to take the one that is overgrown and difficult to travel. As they delve farther and farther they come across a dragon egg – and its angry mother! Spuckler and the dragon mommy duke it out (the dragon wins, obviously) and while the gang is resting one of Alia Rellapor’s giant space ships discover them – oh no!

In the small back-up story, Mr. Beeba gives a slide show of “The Traveller’s Guide to Smoo” – highlighting some of the interesting people and exotic locales of this unique shaped planet!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – While the story was fun to read, it was a little bit slow, and short as well. This definitely felt like a filler issue between bigger story plots.
  • Art: 5 stars – I knew the art was excellent yet again when I found myself stopping to examine fascinating details every few pages!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – The sluggish advancement of the overall storyline made this issue less fun than it could have been.

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