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"Jujutsu Kaisen: Volume 0" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by VIZ Media

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Written and illustrated by Gege Akutami
Translated by Stefan Koza
Lettered by Snir Aharon
2021, 200 Pages
Graphic novel released on January 5th, 2021

Review:

Head back to the beginning to see where Jujutsu Kaisen started with the pilot for the supernatural exorcist adventure. This volume centers on Yuta Okkotsu, the newest student at Jujutsu High. Just like everyone else there, he has a unique gift for seeing and fighting curses. His is special, as he's haunted by the spirit of his childhood friend, Rika...who can manifest as a giant, terrifying demon to fight other curses.

This is just the first of Yuta's problems. He has to figure out how to navigate Jujutsu High, learn the ropes on fighting curses, and confront a true villain using these entities as a weapon. I thought my high school life was tough, but it was nothing compared to this.

Creator Gege Akutami uses some familiar tropes in Jujutsu Kaisen: Volume 0, but in some fun ways that keep the story interesting. We've seen the nervous, unpopular kid thrust into an important role as a chosen one before. In this case, there's some tragedy and heartbreak in Yuta's journey as he learns to stand up for himself. More importantly, he can forgive himself for his past misdeeds too.

The curses are the real standout in Jujutsu Kaisen: Volume 0. They're all unique and they're all horrifying. Akutami's designs are varied, often with extra or bulging limbs and teeth. These things are unnatural in the truest sense of the word. They're often tough to describe too, as they are just so weird. There's one early on that's like a walking mouth, mounted sideways on two stubby legs, but sewn shut and with a single hideous eye on top.

Although the fears are very real in Jutjutsu Kaisen, there is a fair amount of humor too. Yuta is new to all of this, just like us, so he's baffled by some of the more bizarre elements. A nice example of this is the talking Panda, a literal panda. He's introduced like he's just one of the guys and we just kind of go with it. This is totally normal. It's also not the strangest thing in this book.

This volume serves as a great introduction to Jujutsu Kaisen and a nice complement to the first volume. Contrasting with Yuji Itadori's quest in the series so far, Yuta shows how you can come back from the dark side. You can work with the curses instead of letting them consume you. That will surely be a lesson as the series goes on.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fourstars
Overall: 3 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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