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20th Century Boys, Band 4 by Naoki Urasawa
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Mar 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: comics, manga
Read in March, 2011

Urasawa's ability to weave new characters and subplots into ongoing stories is hard to beat. So is his ability to create a sense of unease out of ordinary things. It's very much like the kind of dream where everyday objects become threatening for no discernible reason (other people have those, right?)

This story is about how a young boys' cartoon-and-comic-book-based fantasies about the end of the world transform into an actual global threat -- leading to a particularly inspired scene wherein a robotics scientist tries (unsuccessfully) to convince a room full of apocalypse cultists that cartoon mecha robots don't actually work in real life. Somehow, the objective fact that their plan is impossible doesn't make it any less scary.

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