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Volume 1

 

Review by Chris Guanche

March 3, 2001

 

Summary

 

In AC (After Colony) 195, five capsules containing Gundam mobile suits are sent to Earth to fight the oppressive United Earth Sphere Alliance. A shuttle carrying Relena Darlian and her father comes close to one of the shooting stars. An SST of the OZ Specials unit commanded by Zechs Merquise spots the shooting star and heads out in a Leo to fight it, along with two Aries. The capsule breaks open and reveals a fighter plane, which transforms into the Wing Gundam. Its pilot, Heero Yuy, fires at the Aries and destroys both of them. Zechs grapples onto the Wing Gundam and forces them to crash in the ocean. He ejects, hoping to find the Gundam later. Elsewhere, Trowa Barton attacks an Alliance base with his Gundam Heavyarms. In Africa, Quatre Raberba Winner's Gundam Sandrock and his Maganac Corps attack the Alliance as well. At the spaceport, Lady Une of the OZ Specials arrive to escort Minister Darlian to a meeting. As Relena walks home, she sees Heero lying limp on the beach. He pulls a gun on her and is about to shoot her when he is shot by a boy named Duo Maxwell. Duo calls his Gundam Deathscythe out of the sea and shows off finding the Wing Gundam. Heero jumps at him, and Duo shoots several more times. Heero gets inside his Gundam, and they begin to fight. They both escape when the Alliance arrives. In China, Wufei Chang's Shenlong Gundam fights the Alliance as well. Relena goes to school and finds Heero there as a student. He promises to kill her over what she saw.

 

Wufei attacks the Lake Victoria base, under the command of Lucrezia Noin. OZ commander Treize Khushrenada tells Zechs of the the attack. Zechs asks for permission to use the old Tallgeese mobile suit, and Treize agrees. Treize tells Lady Une to take care of Minister Darlian. Heero receives information that OZ will be meeting in Los Angeles. Relena follows him into the mountains and asks what he's doing. He tells her he's a killer. When an Aries flies by, he jumps into the Wing Gundam and destroys it. At the Los Angeles base, Field Marshall Noventa urges for peace and the disarmament of OZ. All five Gundams begin attacking the base. At the same time, Relena and her father are in a meeting at a space colony. Lady Une leaves an explosive compact behind, which Relena gives to her. Lady Une throws it back inside as it explodes. Relena's father tells her as he dies that she is really Relena Peacecraft of the Sanc Kingdom. Several men appear and grab her. Treize tells Noventa to get on a plane, which Heero attacks and destroys. Wufei tells everyone that they were set up by OZ. Zechs appears with the Tallgeese and challenges Heero. Lady Une destroys a space colony and demands that the Gundams surrender. Doctor J, who saved Relena, agrees to surrender. Heero self detonates the Wing Gundam and is caught in the explosion.

 

A month later, Zechs reconstructs the Wing Gundam at a base in Antarctica. He tells Noin to find Heero so that they can fight. She tells him that Relena has returned to the Sanc Kingdom. He doesn't believe he's fit to rule. Heero wakes up in the circus, and Trowa tells him that the world belongs to OZ now. Duo, Quatre, and Wufei attack an ocean fleet that includes Treize's flagship. Lady Une heads out in an enhanced Leo to fight Wufei. He pushes her aside and attacks Treize. He gets out of his Gundam and challenges Treize to a sword fight. Treize wins, and Wufei vows to come back and kill him. He believes he is a coward now and can't fight. Wufei leaves with Duo and Quatre, and they decide to return to space. Noin arrives at the circus and brings Heero and Trowa to Antarctica. Heero reclaims the Wing Gundam and fights Zechs. Relena learns that Heero and Zechs are in Antarctica and hurries to stop them. She tells them not to fight, but they don't listen. She tells Heero to kill Zechs, and Noin explains that Zechs is her brother Milliardo Peacecraft. A large OZ fleet arrives and prepares to attack.

 

Zechs orders everyone to evacuate the base. He gets a call from Treize saying he must die for OZ. If he dies bravely in a fight, he can go on living. Zechs attacks the fleet while Heero and Trowa escape. Duo, Quatre and Wufei attack the OZ spaceport at Singapore to steal several shuttles. The enemy forces are overwhelming, so Quatre self detonates Sandrock to buy them time to escape. In space, a made over Lady Une convinces the colonies to join with OZ. She puts on her uniform and becomes evil again. She is informed that the Gundams have left Earth. She sends out the new Tauruses to capture the Gundam. Duo goes into battle, despite the fact that Deathscythe is in bad condition. He is defeated and unable to self detonate. Wufei appears and attacks the Tauruses. He damages himself to escape. On the lunar base, Doctor J and the other mad scientists ask if they can make new mobile suits better than the Taurus. Heero breaks into the lunar base and sees the two new mobile suits Vayeate and Mercurius. He jumps into the Vayeate and steals it. Lady Une orders the incognito Trowa to use the Mercurius and stop him.

 

Commentary

 

Well, there is Koichi Tokita's substandard adaptation of episodes 1-20 of the TV series. While I don't think Gundam Wing is the best Gundam series ever, it has parts that are well done. Unfortunately, this manga cuts out most of that. Any character development is gone, and there are many changes. Zechs and Treize seem more villainous here than in the TV series, and Lady Une is downright demonic. Heero also seems more insane here. Aside from this poor adaptation, TOKYOPOP's translation is horrible, and the production values on this book are very bad. Some black parts are too dark here. For example, it is nearly impossible to make out the details of the Vayeate standing near a dark wall. The only plus to this bad book is 20 pages of super deformed comics called Go For It, Domon W. The comic strips are about characters from G Gundam and Gundam Wing interacting with each other. Some of them are really hilarious and are reason enough to buy this bad book.

 

Overall Rating

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