GLX takes a look at Codename: Sailor V, vol. 1.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer/ Artist - Naoko Takeuchi
Translator/ Adapter - William Flanagan
Like Sailor Moon, Minako Aino is a normal 13-year-old schoolgirl until a fateful day when a white cat introduces himself to her and tells her she has the power to transform into the hero, Sailor V. Using a magic pen to transform, Sailor V fights the evil agents of the Dark Agency as she strives to protect the earth.
Codename: Sailor V, created by the author before she created the mega-popular Sailor Moon, has never before been available in the U.S. This books features:
- An incredibly accurate translation!
- Japanese-style, right-to-left reading!
- New cover art never before seen in the U.S.!
- The original Japanese character names!
- Detailed translation notes!
Before she created Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi created Codename: Sailor V. Fans of the Sailor Moon anime from the 90's will notice some similarities between it and Codename: Sailor V. They both feature such things as talking cats as mentors, sailor suits (who woulda thunk it?), magical accessories and villains that want to collect energy from people. While I'm a bit indifferent to the Sailor Moon anime, I can say that Codename: Sailor V vol. 1 is quite the fun read.
There's a good amount of wild antics that come despite any logical reasoning behind them. How does the Sailor V arcade game show up? Um....magic? How did one of the ropes on Petite Pandora's seat snap? No explanation. It just rolls with the punches and keeps on moving. That said, there is a good amount of consistency within the story. Characters practically remain the same through the comic, but that's not a bad thing. Codename: Sailor V is a comic that doesn't take itself seriously. In fact, that's actually what makes it a joy to read.
The main villains in are the members of The Dark Agency (a mysterious group that wants to collect energy from human beings). Instead of the usual collection of aggressive mustache twirling villains, they come in odd forms such as boy bands and video games. Their antics lead to some really odd behaviors from those that Sailor V deals with on a daily basis, though they can be behavior with or without any interference from The Dark Agency. It's amusing and it leads into some wild scenes including one where Sailor V turns into a pretty-boy idol (you read that right).
Takeuchi's art is whimsical and consistent. Some of the facial expressions and background effects that she uses really enhance the comic. One thing that I wish was more abundant in Codename: Sailor V are color pages. The few pages in color look great and they liven up Takeuchi's pencils.
Fans of Sailor Moon will find plenty to enjoy in Codename: Sailor V vol. 1. It's fun, lively, yet flawed. I'm interested to see if future installments in the series can hold my interest.
7.8* out of 10*
Review by: GLX