Review: Djinn Volume 6 The Black Pearl
The firestorm that Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code caused when it came out is an example of a book causing controversy which swirled in conversations for quite some time. The book’s connections to history, religion, and unsolved mysteries became a touchstone for many creators as it reignited stories which treated their readers intelligently. It also brought on its fair share of poor imitators, as one can look at the extremely poor adaptation of Clive Cussler’s Sahara, which wasted the talents of its actors and put a black mark on anyone who even tried to do an adaptation of any of his books. A good number of these movies were hit and miss and very few held enough of the public’s attention span to warrant mention.
There’s one imitation that did something remarkably different from the movie adaptation of Da Vinci Code and gave viewers what the readers felt about the book, complete fascination. That movie was National Treasure as it capitalized on the concept of secrets hidden throughout national monuments. It spawned a sequel, which was lukewarm in its reception but still enjoyable. Of course the source of tension in these stories, is that there is more than the hero, looking for usually rare or long lost “treasure”. In the sixth volume of Djinn, Kim undergoes new trials and soon finds a rival.
We find Kim, tracking down Jade’s path and where her treasure is hidden, which leads her to a feared tribe, the Orushi. Kim encounters a man who goes only by the name, Jaeger, who is looking for the same black pearl for his own self interests. Eventually Kim gets captured by the Orushi, who offers as a sacrifice to their god. By book’s end, she escapes the Orushi’s clutches but gets closer to what happened to Jade and the Nelsons.
Overall, an installment that expands on the origins of our heroines and what exactly happened to them. The story by Jean Dufaux is captivating, evenly paced, and entertaining. The art by Ana Miralles is gorgeous and alluring. Altogether, this is the best issue yet in this ongoing saga.
Story: Jean Dufaux Art: Ana Miralles
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy