Don’t worry the picture will make sense. So last week you probably caught my piece on Japanese superheroes. One common convention of superhero comics is that in a team up situations their a just a few characters that just don’t work out. One fine example is the Hulk on the original line up of the Avengers, Guy Gardener (one of the Green lanterns) on the Justice League, and Damian Wayne out of the Teen Titans. What does this have to do with comics? Well the same problems exists in other cultures.
Another point to add on top of this is reality. Just give this a think, a guy like Peter Parker who has been taunted and humiliated from a young age and in general is just treated like societies skid mark. Then after he gets the fateful spider bite he decides to aid that society and never strays from the approved superhero guide book. Maybe it’s just a testament to Peters character.
Junk the manga comic takes this rule book and totally obliterates it in one morally questionable blow.
Junk revolves around a kid called Hiro (not aptly named), a socially inept teenager whose become a recluse after years of horrendous bullying and in general, is suffering for all that teen nerd angst mixed in a blender full of sociopath like tendencies.
One day whilst surfing the net he applies for a limited online offer to purchase a special item called a Junk. Upon receiving Junk, Hiro realises he’s purchased a costume with the abilities of a superhero. So instead of going out to right the wrongs of the world Hiro embarks on a self centred quest to teach an over the top lesson to his bullies and in the process kills his parents indirectly.
Every story revolves around Hiro’s warped perception of justice as he pretty much does what he wants. His only heroic deeds is when it directly affects him and most of the time it’s picking childish quarrels with those who have wronged him.
OK – it’s quite good as manga, Hiro’s justification does partially makes sense and he slowly stops acting an over emotional teen as the story progresses.
Sadly it’s hard to relate with him. Early on Hiro almost attempts a questionable sexual advance towards his love interest which acts a like barrier to her completely liking him. But overall if you ignore that fact and try and enjoy the fairly well fleshed out back stories you could enjoy it.