Jojolion #24 review
Finally, after a one-month break, we get to find out what happens to Yasuho! As I’m sure you could all guess, judging from the rest of the Higashikata family, Tsurugi is also bad news. And a creeper, at that! But at least he’s nice enough to give us all a hint as to where Part 8 is actually heading – the goal of the Higashikata family is to “make their descendants prosper.” Of course, this brings up a whole slew of new questions, but it’s nice to get glimpses of Araki’s grandiose plan once in a while. I was honestly shocked when we got a full flashback of Johnny’s death, but pleasantly shocked, since it meant that the connections between Part 7 and 8 would be strong, and I think this is only more evidence in that direction.
Part 8 is proceeding slowly, but slowly in a thick, rich molasses sort of way. There’s a lot going on, and its pace isn’t needlessly slow, but ominously slow. It’s fun to bask in the Twin Peaks-esque weirdness of day to day life in Morioh, much like it was in Part 4, and I think this also contributes to how great the battles have been. Each one is a real experience, rather than the bloody “this thing is gonna kill us! Oh wait now it transformed and it’s gonna kill us even HARDER!” bouts that happened a bit too often in Part 7. Oh, things are still grotesque — just ask Yasuho’s eye — but in Part 8, Araki’s figured out a way to get his gore fix without actually injuring his characters, which is a HUGE improvement in my eyes. Just ask me about all the rules Araki ended up breaking with Cream Starter in Part 7. No, wait — don’t. I’ve already written too much as it is.
Araki’s generous use of big panels can be frustrating for a monthly reader, but it pays off in the long run, as we found with Part 7. Overall, I thought this was a great chapter — it pushed the plot along, and gave us ample time with Yasuho, who interests me greatly because she’s the first female sidekick to a male main that Araki’s ever created. And most importantly, this chapter was very, very weird. Weird = intrigue = mystery, and that’s what keeps readers coming back for more.