"Knights of Sidonia is off to a solid start with its first volume...All in all it’s a promising and entertaining offering and one that’s left me chomping at the bit for the next volume." - Comic Book Resources
Knights of Sidonia, Volume 4by Tsutomu Nihei
A faction on the Sidonia that believes humanity's aggressive posture toward the Gauna is responsible for the extraterrestial behemoth's hostility desires to chart a seperate course. Hero Tanikaze and his middle-gendered friend Shinatose are both promoted while the scion of the Kunato family delves into dubious experiements in this installment of Vertical's premiere hard sci-fi manga series.
Meet the Author
Tsutomu Nihei is an internationally known Japanese comic artist and draftsman. Born in 1971, Nihei made his debut in the comics world as the winner of the 1995 Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Award for short stories. He then briefly worked as an assistant to veteran comicker Tsutomu Takahashi before making his break-through hit BLAME! (published by Tokyopop).
The BLAME! franchise was so well received worldwide, that it inspired an animated mini-series and eventually drew the attention of Marvel Comics in the US. Nihei would later go on to draw Wolverine (X-Men) and HALO comics for Marvel to great fanfare. An architectural student, Nihei's early work were mainly wordless, relying on visuals and backgrounds to tell their stories. Now, his works are deeply rooted in hard science-fiction, as was seen in the multiple NY Times Bestselling books HALO: The Graphic Novel (published by Marvel Comics) and BIOmega (published by Viz Media).
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It’s the Hawk Moth! I adore this artist and this manga a great deal, so it pains me a bit to say that I noticed a dip in quality on this one. Don’t freak out! - the story progression and general awesomeness are still intact, it’s just that about halfway through this book there’s an alarming drop in the quality of the artwork (check out the bottom panel of page 82 - ugh). Sometimes the detail is so reduced, it doesn’t even resemble Nihei’s work. Perhaps this was some kind of crazy deadline forcing him to draw at high speed? Whatever it was, later in the book he’s back in top form. Check out pages 128-129 where Tanikaze fires a hyper-velocity rifle at an approaching Gauna - Wow! According to the back of this book, Knights of Sidonia is soon to be adapted into an anime (in Japan, at least). I would love it if Nihei himself would participate in the show, as Shirow did for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Hopefully they can do this excellent manga justice.