Can we ever go home again? It’s a question so many creators ask themselves when they revisit work from their earlier days. Mike & Greg take a look at how Toriyama has cracked that particular code with “Jaco”, a book that touches on several themes and tones from the manga-ka’s early “Dragon Ball” days while still letting him bring his mastery of craft to bear. A funny, adventurous romp, the titular Jaco is a super elite Galactic Patrolman sent to Earth to await the coming of a terrible monster… but he manages to sideswipe the Moon on his way in and crashes next to a small island. Maybe ‘super elite’ is supposed to be ironic? Find out why “Jaco” is a wonderful standalone manga story with subtle ties to Toriyama’s later works, what manga tropes the cartoonist manages to celebrate and subvert simultaneously, how ‘adorable’ is a perfect descriptive for this book, which Neal Adams work gets compared to “Jaco”, and a whole lot more in this week’s episode!
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