Hey there, J1 fans. Interested in something new to read? Check out New Era G, created by Steiner Palomino. The story is like a modern day Dragon Ball, except if you removed the dragon balls, and replace them with the search for the O’Connor Super Armor. Although the anime influenced art style could use some work, with character design and anatomy, the story is quite interesting and entertaining.
Let’s recap Vol. 1 of the New Era G saga, shall we? Ryo O’Conner, our main character, is an average teen until, one day, he decided to take his little brother Hideaki (Brainy) to visit his friend Julie at her pool. During their visit, Ryo encounters a menacing robot named Erasa who is in search of the O’Conner Super Amor. The Armor, as it turns out, is an artifact that fell from space and grants the wearer incredible strength and the power of flight, and a sword that has the ability to cut through anything. Erasa confronts Ryo and proclaims that Ryo’s father was the last person to have had the armor. Ryo, however, has no recollection of even hearing about the armor, and then battle breaks out between Erasa and Julie (who is very skilled in martial arts). She had the upper hand until Erasa’s minions, the “Little Men”, outnumber her. This is about when Ryo joins the fray and his fire powers burst into action. After an intense battle with Erasa and his minions, the teens escape and return to Ryo’s house. He is then confronted by an astral projection of his father who is stuck in another dimension with the O’Connor armor. He proceeded to inform Ryo that he is an alien, and this is why he has this amazing fire ability. Then, suddenly, then the sword of the O’Connor Super Armor crashes through the roof.
This brings us to Vol. 2. The second act starts off with Erasa questioning his actions with Tamara about the things he was saying to Ryo. Tamara insists that she has no idea what he is talking about, and refuses to give him any answers. She tries escaping Erasa’s interrogation, but he chases after her. Finally, just as Tamara thinks she is safe, Erasa captures her and proceeds to throttle her until he gets his answers. Enter Master Boomer to save Tamara’s life, and in the process, shuts down Erasa He then asks her about the progress in searching for the O’Conner Super Armor, but alas, she has no new details to share with him. However, but shares something else that might interests him, but we don’t get to find out what, as Palomino then cuts to Ryo’s house. Ryo, asleep, suddenly awakens to find Julie in his home. He starts to think that the events from the day before were only a dream but quickly finds out that, after manifesting his fire power once more, it was not. Brainy, his little brother, takes Ryo aside and explains to him that the day before events were in fact true and that maybe, probably, they shouldn’t trust Julie. Ryo leaves quietly, and then secretly attacks Julie before Brainy can plan anything. A quick head butt and punch to the face from Julie nocks Ryo back into his senses. Ryo apologies and Brainy’s suspicions vanish after Julie shows her battle scars from the fight she had with Erasa. Apologies ensue and, after eating an immaculate meal that Julie makes, Ryo is volunteered to take Julie shopping. While they are out shopping, Julie buys Ryo a jacket and a set of gloves (which is his now signature wardrobe) as thanks for taking her out. During a lunch break they start to talk about Ryo’s fire power and how he can control it. Julie then informs Ryo about a martial arts school called The Amasatei School of Martial Arts. She informs him that this school may help him control and use his power properly.
They leave for the Amasatei School of Martial Arts, which is, plot twist, already infiltrated by one of Erasa’s minions that is disguised as one of the students. Ryo, upon arrived, is ready to start training, but he cannot enter unless someone in the school invites him. Julie leaves to find another way to get him in and Ryo, clever boy, stays behind, getting noticed by one of the students of the school. After getting knocked out by the student, he gets dragged into the school and taken to the headmaster, Jenson. Meanwhile, Erasa’s minion informs him that Ryo is there and Erasa instructs his subordinate to stay close and to make sure Ryo doesn’t get killed before they locate the armor. Ryo is taken to headmaster Jenson and awakens. Ryo instantly gets this evil villain vibe from Jenson as he asks Ryo about Julie. Julie, in the past, ran away from the school after her father vanished, and Jenson was named the new headmaster. He thought her to be too weak to take over after he died, so she fled. Ryo attacks the headmaster and he is intrigued by the boy’s ability, and offers a proposal. He offers that they battle; if Ryo wins he gets full access of the school and, if he loses, he must share the secrets of his fire ability with Jenson. Ryo aggress and they battle in front of all the school’s students. Julie returns to find Ryo, just to find out he is fighting Jenson. Ryo amazes Jenson and the Amasatei’s school students with his abilities and, with an act of quick thinking, made Jenson pull out his true power. As they continue to battle, the doors of the school fly open, and the old headmaster reenters. It was believed that he was dead for all this time, but in fact he was in search for his daughter Julie.
The story is very entertaining and I found that it kept you wanting to find out more about Ryo and the history behind the Amasatei School of Martial Arts. Also, the way the creator ended the second Volume made you feel like you were watching an episode of a series which keeps you on edge and interested in picking up the next Volume. However, like I said before, the art style can truly use some more work and, maybe, the creator can think harder on his comedic timing in the story, as it felt rushed and far too sudden. All and all, I think this comic is worth picking up and checking out.