Ultraman Tiga #9
Dark Horse (May, 2004)
originally publsihed by Jade Dynasty“Past Mistakes, Present Dangers” WRITER: Tony Wong ADAPTATION: Ken Siu-Chong, Michelle Lee, & Thomas Andrews ARTIST: Khod Fuk Lung COVER ART: Eric Vedder & The Real T LETTERING: Sno Cone Studios DESIGNER: Darin Fabrick EDITOR: Jeremy Barlow
No matter how Makila tries to handicap Tiga using his hostages the Ultraman finds a way to strike back. Finally, Tiga finds a way to rescue Munakata and Tohjo (who is more concerned with his own life) but in the process he’s weak, his time is running out, Makila rips off Tohjo’s arm to launch a super-sized nuke, and that guy with a grudge against Tiga suddenly appears.
What they got right: Real courage and heroism is on display here. Well, not from Tohjo, he’s a bigger coward than Furman’s Starscream. Munakata gives a tale from his past and is willing to sacrifice himself so Tiga can save the world. Tiga is willing to take Makila’s assaults hoping for an opening to save Munakata and Tohjo (even if Tohjo doesn’t deserve it). This is what you want from a superhero comic.
What they got wrong: There is one issue left to this series. This guy with a grudge against Tiga will not get proper development and we already have a story to end. Save him for another project, Wong. But the oddest thing is that you have the issues starting with some guy (a comic artist with Tiga merchandise around him and seems part Tiga) telling a story of how Makila killed his whole tribe. Not only does this have nothing to do with the story but it actually takes you out of it. It serves less purpose than the guy with a grudge against Tiga.
Recommendation: There’s sadly only one more issue to go and I’m going to miss it. It’s a good adaptation that is a must for any comic-reading Ultra fan but even someone who has never heard of the franchise should check it out.