The Cycle of Water ★★★★☆
Okko the ronin heads a small group of demon hunters… Noburo, a mysterious giant who hides his face behind a red oni mask, and the whimsical monk Noshin, the saké lover with the power to summon and commune with the spirits of nature.
The young fisherman Tikku enlists the group’s help in finding his sister, the geisha Little Carp, who was kidnapped by pirates…
Pretty cool. The beginning was confusing, but the plot developed quite nicely and I like the very colourful artwork. I was satisfied with the story, including the cliffhanger.
At the end, Tikku joins Okko, Noburo and Noshin on their travels, to hunt (their personal) demons…
I wonder, what Noburo hides under that mask?
The Cycle of Earth ★★¾☆☆
Takes a little longer to get going. And there is a lot of traveling from one monastery to the next and the next and the next…. which is actually quite amusing.
The story telling is too wordy and the artwork is sometimes really tiny. I lost interest in the story towards the end. The bad guys were nicely evil, but it was all a bit pointless.
The Cycle of Air Part One ★★★★☆
Ok, that was not confusing at all….
The Cycle of Air Part Two ★★★★½
The boys are not having a good time. Appendages are lost. Ropes are tied. Hm. The plot was good. Nice action, some mystery, some humour, something shocking. Not sure I really got the ending. Why so happy?
The Cycle of Fire Part One ★★★☆☆
Ok. Not sure if it was me or if that story was a little allover the place?
The Cycle of Fire Part Two ★★★½☆
Continuation of the previous issue. The art is still nice, the changing POVs do not make it easy to keep track of what is going on.
The Cycle of Fire is basically a major conspiracy story. Smartly done actually, once you figure it out.
The Cycle of Emptiness Part One ★★★★☆
The Cycle of Emptiness Part Two ★★★½☆
Backstory! Interesting! And as in the previous issues quite a bit of gratuitous violence.
Finally done. Hm. There was closure to it all, the loose ends were tied up. The artwork was good. Unfortunately the characters were pretty unlikeable and the main character Okko was a pretty horrible person. Did he really want or find redemption? Not sure. What am I to make of that last panel showing his face?