Review: Djinn Volume 12
Colonialism is a way for nations, and primarily rulers, ftor make their mark in the world whether or not the residual effects have a horrible impact. Take King Philip of Spain who colonized the Philippines. The influence of the Spanish can still be felt today from the language, which is interspersed with Cattellian Spanish throughout, to the some of the formal wear. In the Spaniards minds, they were bringing civilization to those islands. To many of the natives they brought cruelty and strange customs.
Of course, the Philippine Islands were not the last lands to feel the influence of Spain. They also would take over many nations throughout South America. I always wondered at what point do the colonizers and the natives come into conflict? The twelfth volume of Djinn explores this topic as we find two sides looking to take control with Jade in the middle of it all.
We find Jade and Lord Nelson, struggling to understand what they are, and whether their love is purely lust and nothing more. Menawhile the Djinn’s rival, Arbacane, attempts to thwart Jade’s plans to install Tamila as the next bride of the Maharajah, not knowing Tamila’s bother also has a plan of his own. As the local rebels become more discontent with English presence, an immense fight breaks out, one which will not only change opinions and minds about who gets to live in the land. By book’s end, Jade leaves for Africa, hoping what she taught Tamila endures in her spirit.
Overall, it’s an exciting in between adventure that more than entertains. The entry also provokes thought about history and free will. The story by Jean Dufaux is enigmatic and action packed. The art by Ana Miralles is gorgeous. Altogether, it’s a story that is probably one of the best told from this epic sprawling series.
Story: Jean Dufaux Art: Ana Miralles
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy