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"Jujutsu Kaisen: Volume 8" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by VIZ Media

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Written and illustrated by Gege Akutami
2021, 192 Pages
Graphic novel released on February 2nd, 2021

Review:

After getting through a harrowing battle with a rival school, the students of Jujutsu High have a brief moment of calm before diving into another encounter with cursed spirits. This time around they have a very specific mission to usher in the new form of Master Tengen, their principal who is immortal, but still ages. If he gets too old, he'll maybe destroy the world so they have to move his spirit to a star plasma vessel, which is easier said than done when two rival organizations are targeting it too.

Gojo takes much of the spotlight in Jujutsu Kaisen: Volume 8. He's a likable, albeit arrogant character. He's clearly very powerful and he's shown a fraction of his strength so far so it's interesting to see more of him. He makes short work of a soldier off panel to the point where the poor guy is ready to throw in the towel for his entire organization.

Creator Gege Akutami fleshes out the world of Jujutsu Kaisen a bit more with this volume, showing that it's not just rival schools and weird looking curses. While only a select few can see the cursed spirits, those are broken up into different factions, creating more enemies and allies.

The cursed spirits are just as varied and terrifying as ever. They often take the shape of these shifting masses of flesh and teeth, making them even more disturbing. The battles against these creatures are epic. Akutami delivers some great action, to the point where the images feel like they're moving on the page. I love the way the lines blur a bit when the fight intensifies.

This volume feels a little uneven in terms of its story as it's wrapping up the last arc and preparing for the next one. It's like an intermission of sorts, especially with Yuji taking a back seat for most of it. That being said, it ends with a shocking cliffhanger that could have huge ramifications for the series. It's clear this is a fascinating and terrifying world and we're just scraping the surface of it.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover
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Art: fourstars
Overall: 3.5 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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