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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 83

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a cool scene from early on in Akira.


The opening bike race scene from Akira is remarkable to me in three major ways:

1. Writer/artist Katsuhiro Otomo puts so much striking energy into the motorcycles racing that it is almost like you can see them actually moving.

2. In just these few pages, he does a great deal of characterization – all in the midst of a cool-looking action sequence! That’s quite a feat right there.

3. In the conclusion to the racing sequence, he has a breathtaking visual that also serves as a heavy piece of exposition, but it doesn’t feel like that at all.

Such great storytelling.

Here are the pages (the last page, which you can click on to enlarge, would be my pick as “the” moment)…


I loved the movie but dammit it’s impossible to find a cheap copy of the manga anywhere.

Well I’ll be darned, Joe, you’re absolutely correct. I have the Dark Horse volumes, but I had no idea that they were out of print!

That is a damn shame.

I loved the first, what, five or six volumes of Akira, but after a while found it really damn hard to keep track of and keep caring about the characters in general. The movie is a bloody mess too.

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 25, 2009 at 3:10 am

But the Marvel colorized version by Steve Oliff was sooooooo cool.

Bummer on Marvel for not collecting them in trades when they had a chance.

I think I read that Dark Horse is planning on republishing the manga starting this summer. I don’t know if it will be the larger size like the previous edition or Dark Horse will print the volumes in the smaller Dark Horse manga size.
I think Akira has some of the best black and white art you can find anywhere. So detailed.
The movie is confusing because it is only about half of the manga and even then some significant parts were cut out.

Wow. I never found the movie confusing. However, I have never read the Manga… Which might explain it…
I loved the movie. Seen it so many many times…

I might have to look for a secondhand readable copy of the manga volumes now…

Now that would look spectacular in hardcover volumes…

Tom, Marvel did release collections. Each one pronted three issues. They did ten of them and the last 8 you needed to get the originals I think. (That’s what I have anyway)

out of curiosity, were these originally color or black and white??

Random Stranger

March 25, 2009 at 6:12 am

Keep in mind with the movie that Otomo stopped working on the manga for a while to do the movie. It’s not like they decided not to adapt the rest of the manga; the rest of it didn’t exist! One of his big problems was coming up with an ending and I think he did a fine job of an ending for the film and continuing the manga so it has it’s own conclusion.

Random Stranger

March 25, 2009 at 6:13 am

“Now that would look spectacular in hardcover volumes…”

There was one hardcover volume that Dark Horse did for Barnes and Noble. I wish I had picked it up but I thought, “Naw… I already have a copy!”

Furious George

March 25, 2009 at 6:16 am

Please, please Dark Horse (or whoever own the rights) bring Akira back into print.

cool moment proves why the manga almost is better then the film in parts for one that scene since it never got put in the animie. and sad that the Magna is out of print worth for that moment mostly and other ones

Graphitti Designs put out the series in hardcover also, but they were signed limited versions, and cost a fortune now on the secondary market. Not sure how many books they released….

I wish Teen Titans would get a cool moment.

I was hyped when I found a copy of vol. 1 for 5 bucks the other day. I didn’t even open it up until I got home–it was on sale because the whole book was tilted like 10 degrees to the right!

“I wish Teen Titans would get a cool moment.”

They might, someday. It’s not impossible.

Rassa frassin’ animation cell manga! That scene is not in there! But YAY for the library having the rest of the Dark Horse volumes.

BTW, the ghost commenter thing that was happening for the past few months (where there’s someone else’s name in the “Your Name” field) is caused by one’s browser cookies being disabled. At least that was the case with my computer. Just thought I’d mention it.

BTW, the ghost commenter thing that was happening for the past few months (where there’s someone else’s name in the “Your Name” field) is caused by one’s browser cookies being disabled. At least that was the case with my computer. Just thought I’d mention it.

Not for me. My cookies are enabled, but I get that all of the time

@Tom: I agree! Dark Horse and Marvel should have teamed up to make a 20th anniversary Omnibus of it last year.

@Navy Brat: The original work is mostly black and white with only a few (like 20 or so) pages in color.

Random thought: it’s still crazy to me that Alejandor Jodorowsky was the guy who inspired the ending to the anime. What a crazy, crazy dude.

Amazingly cinematic. For me, it’s that panel with the headlights coming out of the dark that drives home everything that was great about Akira.

Fantastic series. Nobody draws action better than Otomo.

Great comic series. The Marvel 38 volumes are beautiful in the color and it was a very hard time to collect them all for me with everything out of print now

I love scenes with the Colonel.

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