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Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 3 Paperback – March 12, 2003
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Akira Toriyama's first weekly series, Dr. Slump, has entertained generations of readers in Japan since it was introduced in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1980. A few years later, he created his wildly popular Dragon Ball series, which brought him international success. Toriyama is also known for his character designs for video games, including Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger and Tobal No. 1.
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These VIZBIG editions are my favorite in that you get to read more without having to run over and getting the next tankoubon, and some of the intro comics keep their color (but why others don't is beyond me).
The only gripe I have about the translations (or if they're Toriyama's original dialogue) is that the characters stutter quite a bit. Sure, it's necessary for when they're frightened or angry, but during regular dialogue it seems out of place. I'm not sure if it's filler space in the English translation or what, but when you're reading it letter for letter, like me, it gets in the way sometimes.
Other than that, these comics are fantastic.
The last volume left our heroes at the whim of Nappa, one of the Saiyans, who had just begun to fight Piccolo, Son Gohan and co. Son Goku is racing out of the Underworld to the battlefield in one of the most tense sequences I’ve ever see in a comic.
Akira Toriyama conveys the urgency perfectly and I mean totally and utterly perfectly - I actually stood up to read this part of the book! And the sequence of Goku’s flight from Underworld to Heaven to Karin Tower to Kinto’un and then right at the last second to the battle? Phewf! Real seat-of-the-pants entertainment!
With Yamcha dead at the end of the last book, even more characters die before Goku arrives (not Gohan though - that’d be too rough!) so it’s basically Goku vs Nappa, with Vegeta hanging back looking on. Goku’s training under the Lord of Worlds has given him some amazing new moves but it’s still a tough fight as Nappa’s no pushover.
There’s a real sense of menace with Vegeta and, though I’m sure Goku will somehow beat him, I still keep wondering who else is going to die and whether the cost of defeating Vegeta will be too high. Simply incredible storytelling from Toriyama.
The volume closes out with Goku having used his most powerful move on Vegeta, only for him to have deflected it. The two hover over the desert ready for the final battle. I think I need a lie down before I attempt the next book!