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Akiko On The Planet Smoo #1
February 19th, 2013 by Rusty

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Akiko On The Planet Smoo #1 cover

Akiko On The Planet Smoo #1

Date: December 1995
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.95
2013 NM Price: $5.00
Stats: 40 black & white pages
Story and Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: 1st appearance of Akiko and friends

The Final Piece Of My Collection!

I started reading the Akiko comic series back in the late 1990s, and enjoyed it so much that I made an effort to get all of the comic books. It has taken me a long time, but with the purchase of this book I finally completed my collection! This one-shot was the first comic featuring Akiko and her band of misfit friends, then there was the regular comic series that ran for 52 issues. I must say, I’ve been please with all of them, and this issue is no exception!


Akiko begins by telling the story of how 2 alien space men show up outside her 17th story window one night, and take her to the planet Smoo as they leave a robot in her place. (That would be really cool actually!) When she arrives she is sent by King Froptoppit to the other side of the planet to search for his missing son. She won’t be going alone, however, as the king has assigned 4 strange companions to accompany her. Once they finally get to the other side of the planet a series of fantastic adventures ensue as the gang rides a giant beast, bothers a helpful hermit, flees from giant flying insects and rumbles with a living castle. Finally the goal is accomplished, but as the true reason for Akiko’s help is revealed she is a little bit uncertain about what she wants to do!

My 2 Cents:

  • It was totally fun to finally read the first Akiko story! The art wasn’t quite as refined as in later issues of the series, but first issues (especially after reading the later ones) are always fun to experience!
  • The living castle was very cool! The art, the idea and the execution of it was the best part of the story I thought! (You can see the castle’s head on the cover.)
  • I thought this was a fun adventure story (there are 2 stories in the issue, actually) that was packed with neat ideas. I would recommend Akiko to anyone who likes comics, fun stories or good adventure books!

How I Rate This Issue:

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

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Check Out This Similar Post:

  • Be sure to see my review of the monthly series that followed this one-shot: Akiko #1.

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