Astro Boy Vol 1 / Osamu Tezuka : 3 of 5
During my recent trip to Japan, my pal Matt introduced me to his latest obsession: Astro Boy. Astro is pretty much Mickey Mouse in Japan - he appears on billboards and trains, and there are all sorts of merchandise available with his smiling face. Matt had several English translations of the original manga (Japanese comic books), so I thought I would start reading them, too. The first volume was a lot of fun, mostly filled with one story about evil cyborgs created from the nervous systems of dogs (because a complete robot could never be evil). Astro is really cute and loyal, honest and true, and he manages to utilize his rear-end machine guns several times! The stories go by very quickly, but they're so much fun that I think I'd like to collect all of the books. Astro is cool!