Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Volume 1

jojo-3-1Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders
Volume 1
Release Date: 15th November 2016
Author: Hirohiko Araki
Publisher: Viz

Dio has somehow returned from the bottom of the ocean to cause mayhem and take over the world, the power of the ripple has been replaced by Stands, and the format is now ‘monster of the week’. What’s going on with this bizarre adventure?

The magic of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and why the series still manages to feel fresh thirty years in, is thanks to its ability to change. If limits are being hit regarding characters, powers and stories, they can easily be removed and replaced once the next part rolls around. Even character art can change drastically between chapters. Part one and two took the stone masks and ripple as far as they could, and whilst Dio and Joseph Joestar have returned for part 3, their powers have not.

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Not the first time we’ve had to deal with the idea of Stands.

The stand takes centre stage this time round, and thanks to the spiritual manifestation of the power, everyone can have one. In the first volume we have Stands which can control jojo-321fire, attack swiftly, control people, make spirit images once an expensive camera has been smashed (don’t ask), and gut tongues. The lead Jojo, Jotaro Kujo (inspired by Clint Eastwood, if Clint Eastwood was a 17-year-old Japanese high school student), can punch things very fast, which wouldn’t be too exciting if it wasn’t for the ‘ora ora’ barrage that follows each time. Basically, with Stands we have variety.

With fifty days to defeat Dio in Egypt and save Jotaro’s Stand crippled mother, Holly, the gang head out. Forget what you knew.

 

 

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