Title: Jack Frost Vol 4
Author: JinHo Ko
Publisher: Yen Press
May Contain Spoilers
Siegfried of the South District makes his move against the North, and his weapon of choice is…Jin? But despite the fact that this latest threat to her power bears the countenance of her associate, Helmina does not hesitate to unleash her terrible strength against Jin. With Siegfried successfully removed from the good doctor’s mind, Helmina plots her next strategy…Will even Jack Frost be able to counter the devils she is prepared to release?
I don’t think I understand what is going on in Jack Frost. I don’t know if I really need to, because the explosions and wanton destruction are a lot of fun. Ignorance is bliss, maybe? There is a war brewing in Amityville, I get that, and the Mirror Image has set things in motion. Helmina looks cool wielding her awesome powers, but I question the wisdom of doing battle in garters and lace panties. Are thongs passé, or something? I didn’t care for her granny panties, but not everyone can have the stunning sense of fashion that I possess.
Like previous volumes of Jack Frost, this one showcases heavy-duty fight scenes, both in flashbacks and in the present timeline. Noh-A fades to the background, though, and the light shines on Hansen. His tragic past is painfully revealed, including his guilt for not dying with his brother and the girl he loved. When the past catches up with him, he has a hard time putting his feelings in the past, where they belong. Instead, it looks like he’s going to repeat the mistakes he’s made in the past, without doing anything to try and change things.
Jack is a squeaky toy most of the volume. I just know that he is conserving his energy so he can turn into a complete badass in the next installment, but still I worry about his welfare. That big, nasty villain who is trying to squeeze the life out of him looks like he’s pretty strong. Will Jack end up looking like a smushed banana? I don’t think so, but it’s fun wondering how he’s going to get himself, and everyone else, out of trouble.
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