Sunday, April 21, 2013

Comic Review: Dragonball Multiverse


Dragonball Multiverse is a fan comic created by Salagir and Gogeta Jr, two extremely talented, creative, generous and patient artists from France.  Salagir is the writer and Gogeta Jr. is the artist or cartoonist if you will.

Now this comic has been going on for years for those not familiar and continues where the Dragonball manga left off, you know after Buu was destroyed and everyone lived in peace.  It takes place a few years after that in an alternate universe.  You see that’s the whole premise of the book.  Like Trunks’ universe there exists others where the timeline was altered in a major way forever changing that universe from the one that we’re used to.  In most of the universes the good guys simply lose and the villains rule but in other universes major changes to who the good guys are occurs.

This comic uses that premise of alternate universes and runs with it.  Initially everyone from the universe we know and love, which is universe 18, are greeted by these creatures called Vargas.  Vargas are little bird people with technology that allows them to travel between the multiple universe.  They are a new creation by Salagir and Gogeta Jr. but seem to compliment to Dragon Ball-verse well I think.  They seem like a natural fit and I can definitely see them being in an Dragon Ball Z OVA.
Well anyway the Vargas have come with the help of the Kais and the Nameks to host a gigantic Multiverse tournament with the prize being any 3 wishes for the winning universe.  The Vargas say that the biggest prize though is the chance for warriors to test their mights against other warriors from other universes with virtually no risk factor since they’ll simply be wished back at tournaments end.  All of the Saiyans go along with Piccolo, and Videl and thus starts the multiverse tournament.

Everything here is a nice setup for some dream fights.  Since alternate versions of our heroes lost in other universes, we get to see some of our most hated (or loved) villains and old grudge matches flare up again.  Most of the villains seem to have gotten stronger so there are some good matches here and even a few nifty (and hilarious) mirror matches as well.  My favorite matches so far were Cell versus Dabura and Nail versus Recoome.  Those are matches many fans have been wanting to see.
There’s also some surprises in the form of crazy/cool/wtf author created characters.  This one group of all girl fighters from - of all universes - Bojack’s universe, sport all manner of unique and crazy powers.  One girl has the power to swap her gender with her opponent and you’d never guess who she fights!  Another group of author created characters are these mercenary guys with nanotech armor that gives the abilities to match up with the high powered gods of the tournament.  One guy has a blade that seems to be able to cut through anything to one character’s painful astonishment.  But for all the good author created characters there is one that most people dislike with myself included.  I won’t throw any shade there but you’ll figure it out once you start reading.

That’s the basic premise for the comic and there are now a total of 658 pages for it which is amazing because at one point there was only one new page a week.  Damn, how long have I been reading this?  I won’t be reviewing it from the beginning because it’s so long now but I will at least start from the beginning of the last special.
The Awesome:
+        Comic made by fans and it shows
+        Great Art that matches and at times exceeds Akira Toriyama’s own style
+        Awesome battles
+        Dream matches for the fans
+        Lots of comedy
+        Minor characters are given some spotlight
+        Cool Scenarios for the various universes
+        The promise of there being specials explaining the different universes series of events
+        The Human universe lead by Old Turtle Hermit Krillin, Super Tien, Cyborg Yamcha, and Mystic Videl
+        Gast Carcolh
+        It’s free!

The Flawed:
-        Pacing. It’s rarely “just right”, it’s either too slow are too fast.
-        Some fights are a waste.  I’m looking at you Frieza vs. Nappa and Tien vs. Son Wukong
-        The specials are usually bad because they’re slow and predictable.  They also seem sloppily put together
-        Not enough out-of-ring plot development
-        Wasted plot potential
-        Bra, though she is cooler than most give her credit for
-        Not enough of “our” heroes in action.  Universe 18 rarely gets any plot development.  I’ll even say that so far they’ve been given the least amount of plot development

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