Title: Battle Angel Alita.
Series: Deluxe Edition Vol. 4.
Author(s): Yukito Kishiro.
Publisher: Kodansha Comics.
Format: Hardcover – Deluxe Edition.
Release Date: May 8th 2018.
Genre(s): Manga, Science Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.
Also in Battle Angel Alita:
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 by Yukito Kishiro.
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 by Yukito Kishiro.
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Vol. 3 by Yukito Kishiro.
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Vol. 5 by Yukito Kishiro.
Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night and Other Stories by Yukito Kishiro.
So much has happened to Alita since the day she was reborn by cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido. Every event has managed to successfully mold her personality and solidify her beliefs to the point where the line between cyborg and human was blurred out of her existence. Even in the mist of all the chaos she has encountered, she still found ways to discover happiness and love, eternal or not. Yukito Kishiro has shown great talent in inserting both a philosophical and poetical tone to Alita’s story while perking it up with humour, violence and sexuality.
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Vol. 4 collects both volume 7 and 8 of the original cyberpunk classic series and jumps forward 10 years after the previous events with her new friend Figure Four. After having shaken the hands of the devil, she’s now a TUNED agent whose main mission is to hunt down the mad scientist who was at the heart of all the chaos in the previous story arcs. As she travels through the desert, her story converges with that of the Barjack Rebellion and their terrifying leader Den. Her life is once again shook by the dilemmas to come, but also by the newly added cast members who will propel her towards her goals far sooner than she thought she ever would.
A plot line that has been teased and maintained throughout Alita’s story is her mysterious past. Very little of it is ever unveiled, but it remains one of the main attractions to the character as it continuously hassles her consciousness, especially when several characters claim to know of her past self. While intriguing, I still found that it has dragged on for a little too long. With only one more volume to go, fans have yet to have any real idea of who exactly Alita was and this forces us to ponder if her past is actually a key element to her plot that will get an answer soon enough or actually a needle in the back serving a much bigger purpose, something along the lines of it being a burden we always carry around but shouldn’t ever be considered the final decisive factor to what we want to become as a person.
This volume’s biggest attraction is also the introduction of a lot of new characters, especially one that brings into play a whole societal conflict that was a bit left aside in the previous volumes. What we get to enjoy is the Barjack Rebellion where those who have lived in the Scrapyard all their lives seek to destroy the reigning structure by taking down the floating city of Zalem where all the citizens are living peacefully away from the exiled. Kaos is also another character who brings a whole new level of awkward goofiness to the story, but his special talents proves to be highly valuable in the plot’s progression. Even though there are moments throughout the story where things felt overly-stretched-out, the ending definitely hints at a promising finale.
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Vol. 4 continues to be an action-packed and entertaining series that doesn’t suffer at the hands of time. Its story so far has proved its merits as a classic cyberpunk series, and what will happen to Alita in the end is what will determine how great this series truly is.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!
Did you know we were soon getting a live-action adaptation of our little Alita? Check out the trailer above!