If you dig science, you probably should already be reading Dr. STONE from Viz Media. This series integrates real-world science in a science fiction story where all of humanity was turned into stone for over 3,000 years. Only Dr. Stone is smart enough to think up ways to bring back real technology in the new Stone Age and it’s wickedly fun to see him invent things on the fly. The science might not be 100% accurate (I wouldn’t know, I’m no scientist), but it makes enough sense. The conflict arises when other people awoken from their stone slumber want to take over the world. How to best combat strong warriors? Science, of course!
This is a loud and in-your-face sort of story with characters who are consistently shocked, screaming, and otherwise highly emotional. If you dig drama, you’ll probably love the tone this book takes. The book opens with a knock-down, drag-out fight between Dr. Stone and Hyoga with once villain Tsukasa joining forces with Dr. Stone to take out this madman. This leads to major battle damage for Tsukasa and Dr. Stone revealing a 10,000-volt taser! This event clears the narrative of two of the biggest bad guys, opening up the series for new innovation, and more importantly, new discoveries. In many ways, the loudness of the characters is transferred to action as the characters prepare to embark on discovering entirely new areas thanks to a reinvention of a classic transportation method.
This is a book I enjoy largely to see what science Dr. Stone can come up with. There is a lot in this volume, from the taser in the opening pages to a loom, an oil rig, and even more on top of that. Series writer Riichiro Inagaki continues to impress with logical and easy-to-follow explanations for how the science works given the lack of tools and readily available chemistry and technology in the world. It’s fun to see Dr. Stone explain things to folks after they see the amazing inventions and I can only imagine it gets teenagers and kiddos excited to invent things of their own. Given previous volumes have had only a couple scientific discoveries, it’s nice to see so much in one volume.
The bigger plot of reviving people is coming more into focus too. There’s literally a pile of pieces being assembled at one point which is a nice B-plot to follow. Generally speaking, this series has moved away from being just Dr. Stone’s story and there are side adventures taking place, further building out the world.
I liked this volume thanks to all the scientific discoveries. It can be a bit loud with its overly emotional characters, but you really can’t get science in your fiction anywhere else as you do with Dr. STONE.