Jojo's Bizarre Adventures: Part 4 - Diamond is Unbreakable Graphic Novel Volume 1 cover image
Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”
VIZ Media has been publishing the legendary Shonen Jump manga, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, in English since 2015. VIZ's edition, the first in English, is comprised of deluxe edition, hardcover, graphic novels with color pages and new cover art. Created by Hirohiko Araki, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a multi-generational tale that centers on the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil.
Thus far, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has been published in four arcs/series: “Phantom Blood” (Part 1), “Battle Tendency” (Part 2), and “Stardust Crusaders” (Part 3). The new arc, “Diamond is Unbreakable” (Part 4) is set in 1999. It continues the focus on members and descendants of the Joestar family and their battle against the “Stand users,” and the power known as “Stand,” which is an entity that is psychically generated by its creator.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 – Diamond is Unbreakable, Vol. 1 (Chapters 1 to 18) opens in the small Japanese city of Morioh, where there are a surprisingly large number of killings and disappearances. In April 1999, 28-year-old Jotaro Kujo arrives in town, searching for a young man named Josuke Higashikata, who is the secret love child of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar.
Jotaro meets 16-year-old Josuke and his schoolmate, 15-year-old Koichi Hirose. During a confrontation, Jotaro is shocked to discover that Josuke possesses a Stand. Now, the sons of the Joestar family must team-up to investigate the town's proliferation of unusual Stands, including a serial killer and a pair of brothers.
[This volume includes “Author's Comments.”]
THE LOWDOWN: It has been a year since I last read a volume of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga. VIZ Media recently sent me a review copy of the first graphic novel in the “Diamond is Unbreakable” series. Now, I am reminded of how much I like this manga that is a mixture of period action-adventure, horror, and occult-history.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 – Diamond is Unbreakable Graphic Novel Volume 1 mixes horror and action, frequent elements in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. So far, however, there is none of the period drama and occult-history that also marks this series. Diamond is Unbreakable offers a lot of battle manga via the Stands, but creator Hirohiko Araki also delves into the characters. He makes you care what happens to them, even to some of the bad guys.
I think the draw of Diamond is Unbreakable may be the weirdo Stands, but I think that this arc may prove to offer some unique character drama and some delightfully oddball characters. Vol. 1 makes sure the new series is off to a good start.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of weird shonen manga will want to try the “Shonen Jump” series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 – Diamond is Unbreakable.