Regardless of any gripes I may have about Okko, Archaia is batting 1.000 with titles that are entertaining and beautiful. I have not yet come away from one of their comics with a completely negative opinion. They choose their creators and titles with care, and it shows. Okko is a wonderful addition to their library, though I hope the story picks up some personal steam and leaves its many influential crutches in the dust. Read Full Review
I'd heard good things about this French import and was pleased when I got a chance to read this latest release from Archaia Studios Press. The publisher has had a solid track record as of late, launching Mouse Guard and The Killer to critical acclaim over the past year. I enjoy both of those titles, but it doesn't seem as though Okko is going to join them on my must-read list. French creator hub has crafted a story that's clearly Japanese in influence. It's not Amerimanga, but Francomanga, I suppose (will that anger right-wing manga lovers in the United States?). The historical and cultural setting is so far removed from my own so as to seem almost alien, and I just found it impossible to connect with any of the characters. Furthermore, I'm at a loss as to why this series is titled for Okko. Of the four heroes in the story, he is not only the least interesting character but the least heroic as well. The Asian influence in the art isn't overt; Hub doesn't resort to the oversized eyes th Read Full Review
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