|An improvement with the sophmore volume.||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
In the prior volume of X/1999, we were introduced to Kotori, Fuma, and Kamui, three teenagers with entangled fates, with the world's ultimate destiny in their hands. In this volume, we learn a bit more about the three's back-story, and why Kamui had to leave in a hurry with his mother. We also learn a bit more about what the battle lines are, though we don't quite know who we, the reader, can trust yet.
This volume is, basically, mostly exposition. Characters explain back-story to other characters, with occasional flashbacks to illustrate various points. We do get few fight scenes here, but otherwise, most of this is exposition. Consequently, the momentum for this volume drags a little, since we have a lot of telling instead of showing.
This volume also heavily amps up the violence from the last volume, taking the story to about the same level as Blade of the Immortal, without going as far as Berserk. In particular, a character is seen in a flashback having essentially been exploded into bloody chunks. Considering that this story has a Teen + rating, and that the last volume wasn't nearly as violent, people unfamiliar with the series may be caught off guard with this volume.
Still, it's a slightly better volume. The art is still good, and the setting is fleshed out some more. Yes, it's exposition heavy, but they had to get this out of the way eventually. Hopefully CLAMP'll get all the exposition done early so they can focus on action in later volumes.