Yukito Kishiroís turbulent action/adventure nears its conclusion at light speed. Koyomi and the Barjack army wage war against Tiphares and the Scrapyard while Alita is pitted against an old enemy, her former Motorball opponent Jashugan. Kishiroís tale achieves the epic scope it has build up to; the gritty battle sequences recall Frank Millerís penchant for unbridled savagery. Nevertheless, Kishiro hasnít forgotten the seriesí emotional core: A loss is felt whenever a character dies. The blood isnít for the squeamish; however, itís never pointless.