Neon Genesis Evangelion (2010)


Volume 12

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Volume 12 (2010)

Author/Artist: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Original Story: Khara/Gainax
Publisher: Kadokawa Comics Ace

The military moves in to purge NERV. With the entire world against them, NERV puts up a desperate last stand.

We continue into the EoE material this volume. There's a notable change of Gendou saving Shinji and then proceeding to further cement himself as an irredeemable a-hole by revealing his massive Laius Complex. The man continues to amaze. Also, Shinji isn't quite as inert once things kick into high gear, a welcome change. Asuka gets back into the saddle as well in what is perhaps the high point for her character.

As always, when there's a big action scene, Sadamoto steps up to the plate to knock it out of the part. While Asuka's big fight with the mass-produced Evas really benefits from motion and the swelling score behind it, there's about as much dynamism as you can put to the static page.

Gendou's heartwarming dialog with his son is almost reason enough read this volume, but we also have Asuka's grand melee with the mass-produced Evas. It's our last big action set piece for the series, so enjoy it.

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