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I'm a student, so I don't have nearly as much time for leisure reading as I'd like. If I manage to read an entire course book instead of just the assigned chapters, I'll review that here, too.

Amazing Agent Luna

Amazing Agent Luna, Vol. 1 - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Shiei

When I reviewed Amazing Agent Jennifer, I said it didn't make me feel like I had to then read Amazing Agent Luna. True, but I guess I did anyway - at least the first five volumes, which are available free online.

 

The series follows Luna, genetically enhanced and raised at an army base, in her first year in high school. Her "mom" and "dad" are her control agent and psychiatrist, and her mission is to find out why Count von Brucken seems so interested in Nobel High. She soon finds herself more distracted by boys, friends, and a budding seed of resistance to the demands of the job she was bred for.

 

The background art is excellent, though it fails on character design. Luna also fails to be an interesting character, being a collection of cliches about sweet shy super-powered schoolgirls. Writing a separate series for Jennifer Kajiwara, Luna's 'Control', was a stroke of genius. She is a better character - hard, cold, demanding, and motivated by absolute loyalty to the agency as well as the desire to remain emotionally distant at all times. You're likely to hate her, but she and her slow thawing towards Luna and Andrew is more interesting than Luna's teen crush on blond and broody prettyboy Jonah. 

 

The whole thing was exceedingly tropey, fanservicey and silly, but there was consistency and craft in how each cliffhanger was organized, so it was a fast and enjoyable read.