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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Ordinary?

Arki, Vol. 1 (Nichijou, #1) - Keiichi Arawi, Antti Kokkonen Manifest Destiny Volume 3: Chiroptera & Carniformaves (Manifest Destiny Tp) - Chris Dingess

My ordinary life is about a classroom of students, who are dealing with the slice-of-life problems kids experience in school.  However, the kids are slightly less than ordinary.  One of them is a robot (with a giant key sticking out her back) invented by a loopy child genius (who loves sweets).

 

One chapter focuses on an attempt to take a test, but being completely unprepared for it, but then includes borrowing an eraser that turns out to be made out of sand.  Another chapter focuses on two of the kids attempts to build a house out of cards and avoiding one crisis after another, until finally a ceiling lamp just falls on the whole thing.

 

There are puns, haiku and random deer.  

 

It's just quite odd and a little bit charming.  The storyline isn't really compelling, yet I'll probably grab the next one just to see what other weird events will happen.

 

Manifest Destiny Vol. 3 Chiroptera & Carniformaves

 

Manifest Destiny has been working in a morally grey area for the entire story, but in this volume we move from ambiguity to downright genocide.  Things are not going well for the expedition.  They've spotted another arch and following their mission, head straight towards danger.  Not every member of the crew is down with that however and a mutiny that has been brewing since the discovery of the toad creature starts to manifest (harhar).

 

When the crew discovers intelligent life this throws another consideration into their mission.  Although the 'birdbears' can communicate with humans it doesn't change the fact that they consider humans a 'delicacy.'  Can they work together to vanquish a greater evil and then what?  Their mission dictates that they 'take care of' any dangers future settlers might face...

 

Taking into account the time period that the story is presenting, I can understand why the authors chose to take the story the way they did, however it was still tough to watch.  And yet, the story is as compelling as ever.  This was probably my least favorite volume (by far) but I need to find out what comes next.