Digimon (Tokyopop)

 DIGT   (Tokyopop, 2003)

™ and © Tokyopop

Although Digimon was tagged as an inferior Pokémon imitator from the get-go, nothing could be further from the truth. OK, both had creatures that became other creatures, but that’s the extent of the similarities. Digimon’s kid-gang-meets-giant-monsters motif is like something Jack Kirby could’ve come up with (if he had immigrated to Tokyo back in the ’80s), full of heart and action with epic storylines that played like junior versions of The Lord of the Rings.

This manga adaptation does a fine job of recreating the amiable appeal of the show, with crisp art that’s cute enough for the kid’s cuddly animal friends, but fierce enough to capture them in their monster modes (my personal favorite; Togemon, a giant cactus with boxing gloves). There’s only one thing wrong with this neat little volume; it’s being published entirely too late (I mean, if Pokémon has lost all cultural significance, imagine how little Digimon means to today’s kids).

— S.A. Bennett

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  3/11/2003
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