|Book||HIGH SCHOOL GN SAKAKIBARA, MIZUKI V.4||Young Adult Graphic Novel Collection|
Superpowered humans known as NEXT appeared in the world 45 years ago. Some of them fight crime in the city of Stern Bild while promoting their corporate sponsors on the hit show HERO TV. The people love their superheroes, even if they don't completely understand them, and not all of the NEXT use their powers for good. The heroes face down the deranged NEXT killer, Lunatic. Lunatic's vigilantism has the city on edge, and the heroes find themselves having to convince everyone that NEXT are working for the good of Stern Bild City. Lunatic is in the wrong, but there is much more to the madman than anyone knows... Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen audiences.
Thanks to the hit show Hero TV, ratings are sky-high for the superheroes of Stern Bild. For all of them, that is, except veteran hero Wild Tiger, who would rather catch bad guys than make sure his corporate sponsor's logo shows up on camera. Forced by his employer to team up with a younger, more photogenic newcomer, Wild Tiger now has to catch bad guys while saddled with a partner who is a better detective than superhero. The first volume of this series, based on the popular anime of the same name, follows much the same story line as the original TV show. The right over corporate might plotline works as well on paper as it does on screen, and the charm and wit of the characters have been retained. The artwork is clean, expressive, and conveys much of the humor and action fans of the show will be looking for while giving readers new to the series enough consistency to hold on to while they get caught up with the story.--Volin, Eva Copyright 2010 Booklist