Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Steal Moon vol. 1 by Makoto Tateno review

Steal Moon vol. 1

Author/Artist: Makoto Tateno

Publisher: Juné

Rating: M - 18 and above

Genre: Yaoi, Drama, Action, Sci-Fi, Romance

Grade: A+

*** Review originally appeared at The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society at http://liheliso.com/buzz/. Check it out! ***

Nozomi is a top-notch street fighter. He chooses to fight for some spare cash and generally blows his competition out of the water. But all good things must come to an end. He opens his yap and makes a bet that the person he loses to he will become their servant. He didn't really mean it though. A handsome, mysterious stranger suddenly appears and decides to take the bet. Well, you can figure it out from this point. Nozomi loses and the mysterious stranger tries to collect his prize. Nozomi refuses and tries to get away, unsuccessfully. The stranger knocks him out.

When Nozomi awakens, he seems to be sans clothes, and in an unknown room. When he comes to fully some unknown man appears on a large monitor hanging on the wall. The man says his name is Hermes and owner of the website "Digital Angels." It seems that the mysterious stranger sold Nozomi to the owner of "Digital Angels." Hermes tells him that he can earn his freedom back once his particular page gets 5 million hits. Nozomi can't accept that answer. He decides that all he's going to do is eat and sleep. He figures that they'll get so bored with him and they'll get rid of him. Two adorable kids, Soma and Gyokuto come into his room to make sure he's really sleeping. Once Nozomi acknowleges them Hermes comes up on screen to let him know that if he doesn't do anything to draw in traffic a forced event may occur. Once Soma and Gyokuto leave Nozomi decides to take a shower. He's assaulted by two creeps who enter his room and it's evident that this rape is a forced event. There is one thing going against the creeps. Nozomi is a champion street fighter, remember? He takes them down, all the while Hermes and the mysterious stranger watch from another room. Coyote, the mysterious stranger, comes into Nozomi's room right after and let's him know that they will be meeting in Hermes room.

It turns out that "Digital Angels" is a cover. Some computer on the moon is spying on them and they are using "Digital Angels" to occupy the attention of the moon computer. The plan is to use three different earth computers to shut down the moon computer. There is a catch, however. It turns out that there are only three people who can access the computers. Soma and Gyokuto can access two of the three and Nozomi is the missing piece. The computer is in a neighboring town and Coyote will accompany him so they can test the theory that Nozomi is truly the one. It turns out that Coyote admires Nozomi for his fighting skills, but will those feelings grow deeper? And how does Nozomi feel about Coyote? Will they be able to bring the plan of shutting down the moon computer to fruition?

Steal Moon vol. 1 is a 1984 for the new millenium. It is a sci-fi tale that is set in the near future. Makoto Tateno-sama knocks it out of the park, again. She is amazing. I really don't like science fiction type stories, no matter how hard I try. But this Tateno-sama we are talking about. I love her. She is one in a million. I love her work and Steal Moon defintely doesn't dissappoint. This is a tight story with beautiful art. Steal Moon is a two volume series. This first volume leaves it on a major cliff hanger and I so cannot wait for the second volume. There is a prequel series called Blue Sheep Reverie that is also going to be released by Juné, the first volume comes out in December. It stars two side characters that appear in Steal Moon. Juné hasn't disappointed me yet in their production quality. It is the larger trim size with a beautiful dust jacket. Who knew that Nozomi and Coyote were even more gorgeous in full color! Read it, even if you don't like sci-fi!

***Review Copy provided by Publisher***
***Reposted with permission from The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society***

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