Depression hits, I give up Facebook for a week and spend my time either reading or writing or going to Tumblr (The site for Eye Candy).
All in all, Social Networking is crap.
End of Discussion.
Next I want to bring awareness to this comic book I read today called 'Legend of Mother Sarah' from Dark Horse Comics and began publication in 1995 under the Dark Horse Manga/ Studio Proteus line. To the many 'Otaku' as it's called or people getting into Anime, this title is not an ordinary action, run of the mill manga, it's way way more than that. The whole story tells of a woman who is seperated from her children during a crisis on a space station above a Eco-destroyed earth. Sarah and many others land on earth where war continues between the two armies, thus begins her quest to find her missing son and daughter.
I've read the first arc along with two other arcs titled 'City of Children' and 'City of Angels' but I am still missing the last issue of the first arc and another arc called 'Tunnel City'.
From the three arcs I've read, it is a very emotional and artistic peice. You have Katsuhiro Otomo's story, the art seems like Otomo's style very similar to 'Akira' but it was actually done by Takumi Nagayasu. It's all in Black and white, highly detailed and facinating to look at; it has this film style to it which involves countless panels of no dialogue that work perfectly. Mother Sarah in this book is not this 'Scandalously Clad woman with no spine and big breasts', but looks more like a real woman who's been through so much, she is tall and missing one breast (which is later explained in the second arc). She's a Wonder Woman without the leotard or the whip or the sexy build.
Now we come to what makes this book a must read, the emotional investment it has. In the first arc they touch on the suffering she endures during the fiasco on space and the second arc basically shoves your face into the book and makes you watch every disturbing pictures on the panels and tells you "Sarah has gotten through so much worse than you have in a day!!" This is not just a Manga filled with jokes and fan service triteness, this is freaking hardcore material here. You have themes of Genocide, Greed, War, you have kids getting killed, rape, blood and guts, depressing imagery like this scene where Sarah is cradling her baby while hiding from poachers in a forest next to another family with a tearing little boy and many other crazy things you have to see to belive. There are some anime where they just put sex and violence to service the fans, Katsuhiro Otomo perfectly weaves the violence and sex to show and express how horrible this world Sarah is living in. Along with the seriousness, it does have good action; for a somewhat satirical portrayal of war along with top notch action like the scene where the people trying to run to the escape pods in the space station are getting shot senslessly.
If you are into thought provoking (with some action) manga or looking for something of literary quality from a different art form, 'Legend of Mother Sarah' is the perfect title, but also hard to find so it's a hard find.
But I must warn you, it is very graphic, not a kid's comic. If you have the strenght Mother Sarah has, it may be right for you.