Dark Horse (April, 2004)
originally published by Jade Dynasty“Things Fall Apart” WRITER: Tony Wong ADAPTATION: Ken Siu-Cong, Michelle Lee, & Thomas Andrews ARTIST: Khoo Fuk Lung COVER ART: Alvin Lee & Robert Campus LETTERING: Sno Cone Studios DESIGNER: Darin Fabrick EDITOR: Jeremy Barlow
A militaristic general takes the opportunity of the Reijin-Saijin attack to disband GUTS, reassigned the members, fire Iruma, and take the funding for the military. However, the monster from the end of last issue comes to Earth and forces the general to launch their nukes at major Japanese cities. When the former GUTS team hears of this they try to stop him but get arrested and Munakata talks them into accepting it. So when the missiles fly Diago is unable to turn into Tiga without exposing his secret identity…as Japan burns!
What they got right: I give the writer credit for putting Daigo into his moral dilemma.
What they got wrong: But so much of how he did it just feels off. How did this one general get to have control of nuclear missiles in Japan, even in this future? Did nobody other than GUTS see how this could be a bad idea? Was there no protocol if this one man was forced (as is the case here) to launch them or just went mad? This is how you maintain a peaceful world?
Recommendation: I’m still curious where this story is going because the series has been very good up to now, but this is some serious hoop-jumping. I still recommend the whole series and hopefully the next issue makes up for this one. The art’s still good.