I would like to introduce a comic book that inspired me the most.
It’s called “Domu”, written by Katsuhiro Otomo, who is known for AKIRA.
This work was done before AKIRA and inspired a lot of people in the comic book industry.
The charm is in the great depiction, and the story setting and structure.
A twisted old man, gifted with extrasensory powers, silently holds sway over an entire block of apartments. The occupants are puppets for him to control. Life is his to give…and to take. But suddenly there is a new voice in his head, and before he knows it, a young girl with her own battery of psychic abilities has arrived to challenge him! Soon, the sprawling complex becomes a battleground between two minds possessing incredible, unimaginable power.(Quote from Dark Horse)
The important clue in understanding the world of “Domu” is “Mammoth Danchi”, which the story sets in.
Mommoth Danchi means one of the major apartment complex, most of which were built in the High Economic Growth Period. The uniformity that’s almost too perfect to be real and to feel good about seems like criticizing that of Japanese society.
The setting is inspired by Kawaguchi Shibazono Danchi.
An old man who tries to stay in family and people’s minds and a girl with strong sense of just.
Their psychic battle is gigantic but chaotic like children’s dream. (“Domu” means children’s dream).
Written over 30 years ago, there’s been a lot of talk over this masterpiece but it definitely is beyond what had been there in terms of the drawing, setting, and story.
If you have not checked it out, hurry to the bookshop.