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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.


Inuyashiki. 4. - Hiroya Oku

Inuyashiki is a really interesting series, I'd highly recommend picking it up if you enjoy complex, sci-fi driven series that explore the darker side of human nature.


The premise is that two people, who just happened to be standing on the same hillside, were killed (accidentally?) and replaced with robots by some unknown alien entity.  The two, one a middle-aged man prematurely aged by illness who is generally despised and treated poorly by everyone in his life and a high school student who is popular and well liked among his peers, continue on with their lives, soon to discover new abilities. 


Although his appearance hasn't changed Inuyashiki, the middle-aged man, is completely healed of his illness.  He also has the ability to heal others of any illness, wound or disease.  Shishigami, the young boy, takes the opposite path and uses his powers to kill randomly, invading homes and cruelly taking the lives of the inhabitants, be they young or old.


The two are complete opposites, one, young beautiful and beloved by all.  The other ugly, old and despised.  Then again, are they really so different?  Both are witness to bullying and each seems to grapple with the issues of why some people are given power while others are trod upon.  Inuyashiki breaks down when he is called a hero, feeling that he doesn't heal people as a hero would, just because it's the right thing to do, but because he needs to assert his own humanity, afraid that he is now nothing but a machine.


Shishigami too struggles with his transformation.  While he obviously feels superior to humans, when he finds out his mother has cancer his world is shattered and he starts to reassess what he wants, even dreaming about being human again.


Like Death Note, there is a fight between two forces, though it's less about morality/ethics and more about two flawed individuals given immense powers, but no direction or explanation.  It's an interesting and suspenseful story, can't wait to read the next volume.