With GodLen gone, the amount of Naruto and Bleach manga coverage has dropped to an all-time low so I figured I'd step up and start covering these on a weekly basis. My layout will be pretty similar to GodLen's but my personal tastes should lend some difference, mainly in snark and fanboyism. I make no pretense about objectivity with these. I like what I like and after a month or so it should be apparent as to what I like and dislike about these manga. So, let's kick off the inaugural post.
Naruto #589 - Edo Tensei Jutsu: Dissolved
In a Nutshell
Having run out of bubblegum in his pledge to kick ass and chew bubblegum, Madara's full attention is on the continued collective Kage's ass kicking. Meanwhile, Itachi uses genjutsu to get Kabuto to release the Edo Tensei jutsu.
- Madara continues to kick ass and take names.
- Sasuke and Itachi have one last chat that was intersting.
- Sasuke is back to the being the only legacy of Orochimaru who might do something epic/cool.
Rants and Raves
It had to end sooner or later, but I'm sad to see the Edo's go. Yeah, most of the chapters involving them were disappointing but their mere existence was a fanboy's dream. One funny thing to me was Sasuke telling Itachi that he hates the Leaf even more. So far, his hate has been expressed as killing the top two highest ranked criminals at large of the Hidden Leaf and protecting it and the rest of the ninja world from a zombie invasion. I think he's actually tied with Naruto for doing the most things to help the Leaf.
I give this chapter a B.
There was nothing particularly bad about it and the good stuff was good enough. Not great, just good enough. Susanoo's epic mountain busting didn't do much for me as it seemed like a knock-off Sajin Komamura Bankai imo. I thought Itachi and Sasuke's conversation had interesting content, but wasn't especially well written. Despite my love of it, I'm reminded that Naruto is comic written for children that is cranked out every week. While there's stuff I can enjoy about it, it's never going to achieve a level of writing that you'd see in a tween novel or short story (like Goosebumps... which isn't particularly amazing all things considered) and certainly not something for adults.