Mar 29, 2016

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 399: BIONICLE #5, April 2002

The nice thing about this particular run of BIONICLE is that it's a more sustained story than the previous introductory arc. There's development of situations, continuity between issues, and, hopefully, a resolution to the story at the end. This issue also continues the idea that the invasion of the Bohrok is a phenomenon that has to take place in the natural order of things - the trouble is that Makuta has used this natural phenomenon for his own sinister purposes. Of course, this offers us an interesting perspective on the Toa, as they now have to combat something that is emblematic of part of their creed - the Destiny part of "Unity, Duty, Destiny." I'm reminded of the efforts of the Illuminati in Jonathan Hickman's Secret Wars and it's lead ups, this notion of combating something that is unbeatable. Why fight against something that is not only inevitable, but natural? And so BIONICLE asks us one of the fundamental questions of human nature.

Is it any wonder that I love this series so?


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