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Akiko #9
March 23rd, 2014 by Rusty

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Akiko #9 cover

Akiko #9

Date: December 1996
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2014 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 21 black & white pages plus “Letters to Akiko”, 1 gag page and 1 house ad
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: Akiko and her friends finally reach the Great Wall of Trudd.

Are You Afraid Of Heights?

Well… are you? I like to think that I’m not, but I am… a little bit. You know how I can tell? Whenever I get somewhere that is too high, or I see a movie where the people may fall a long ways, then my palms get all sweaty. Yeah, so its a good thing that I wasn’t a character in this issue when the gang has no way around the Great Wall of Trudd – so they climb over it… or start climbing anyways. I’m afraid my slick hands would have dealt me a quick death!


“A Reunion of Sorts” : In issue #8 Akiko and friends took the road less traveled and had to deal with a dragon. This issue begins as one of Alia Rellapor’s giant space ships confronts them, and a single aircraft descends towards them. Who is in that craft, you may ask? Well, none other than an old friend acquaintance of Spuckler’s! It turns out that some big, nasty dude that Spuckler used to be in business with has gone over to the “dark side” and is now delivering warning messages for the evil kidnaptress! Yeah, he tells them to leave or else! Well, they pretty much ignore him and continue on to the great, big, giant, high Wall of Trudd. It is so big and old that there is no way around or through it, so the team ropes up and begins to climb it. (That’s where the sweaty palms part came in, by the way.) Well, no sooner are they up into the “range of death” than a couple of slips leave them in a very precarious position!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – There have been several awesome issues of Akiko, but this one was just average. The story was fun to read, but lacked that certain zing that the great issues had.
  • Art: 5 stars – Yet again another great issue of amazing art! The details in the panels were superb!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – Despite the less-than-stellar story line I still found myself drawn into this issue and completely immersed in it. So much so that the end of the issue came quickly, and I was caught off-guard by the cliffhanger!

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