Air Gear (Vol. 11) – Oh!Great
Published by DelRey
While I continue to love Air Gear to pieces, some parts just feel like they’re dragged on too long and this book suffers from several of those moments. Ikki’s teammates are believably concerned (and enraged) as his sudden shift in attitude after a recent triumphant victory has placed him in a very powerful potential position.
This volume works to build up the tension between the teammates while ultimately setting up their new direction on the path to the top of the Air Trekking world. As usual, newly introduced characters are nothing short of entertaining, in both story and design, but its the return of some old faces that really give this volume its spark. The split-personality bearing youth Agito/Akito remains my favorite character, not only because he so entertainingly switches between sadistic hard-ass to adorably ambiguous sweetheart, but because I feel he’s really one of the most rounded characters in the series, further emphasized here by another confrontation with his brother.
While not one of the stronger volumes, volume 11 of Air Gear still manages to leave enough zing intact to leave me looking forward to more of its high-flying action and exceptional artwork in releases to come.