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I'll do a full review after I've read the whole series. It is kind of hard to separate my memories of the movie from the manga, especially since they (obviously) use the same art style. I had thought that I'd read this years ago, but it doesn't match my memories at all. Maybe I'd read some kind of a...
Very emotional and dramatic conclusion to the "On Silent Wings" arc. This volume really shows off the breadth of Samura's artistic ability, from the road strokes of his fight scenes to small subtle character moments.
Rin and Kagehisa finally meet face to face for the first time in this volume, and it makes for one hell of an encounter. I'd kind of compare it to the diner scene between De Niro and Pacino in Heat, to a certain degree - in terms of tension, and in terms of how the two characters really end up talki...
I'm rather surprised that this book basically reaches the conclusion of the film in the second volume, but with several more volumes to go.
This is definitely a very clear precursor to Akira, and for someone looking for a more contained example of Otomo's work, this is definitely worth giving a read.