But here's where things start to get darker. Devilman isn't a superhero comic--it's a tragedy.
At school Akira overhears a student talk about the things that keep humanity's numbers in check and how they are either so rare (plagues) these days or so extreme (War--in the Cold War era was not a pretty thought) that we're screwed.
He also notices the number of people disappearing has increased greatly and proposes that humanity's predator has come at last.
Akira goes to see Ryo Asuka at a coffee shop (who has again recovered from being clawed by Selene last time) and questions if his becoming a Devilman was worth it.
Ryo Asuka postulates that humans acting in groups acted as a countermeasure for most demons--like ants.
Meanwhile, some demons are discussing...eating people in a parallel conversation.
Ryo Asuka continues his wish to hunt demons and manages to track one down from that conversation.
Yes. Ryo Asuka has a retractable Blade within an Umbrella. Must have stolen it from the Penguin.
Yeah. That's a little unexpected.
Akira tells him not to try a stunt like that again, because he's a normal human.
Later that day, Akira is accosted by Bullies on the roof of the school--but thrashes them soundly.
Oh, they couldn't be more right.
She has Head Spiders. These head spiders take control of people and they attatch themselves to bullies who go after Akira while Miki is with him after school. If you thought the bullies were scary before--now they can go evil dead on us!
Destroying the spiders frees them from the control, and he recruits the bullies to help free the others--because most of the school's after-school activities guys have been infected.
They and Miki join Akira in the violence and spider-smashing!
Together, they smash all the spiders, but the creature was actually fused with the WEBS of the spiders, and floats away cackling...never to be seen again.
Which is kind of a shame.
What's more of a shame is the next two little stories, because they are classic instances of Women in Refrigerators. Literally, characters are introduces so that their sole purpose is to die to make tragedy. It's kinda clumsy but there's one caveat.
The villain of this arc, Jinmen, is so evil in his methodology that it overshadows the Fridging IMO.
But it's still annoying.
Here we meet our space holder: Sachiko.
Thankfully, that sort of thing only exists in Miki's head (or at least, would until around 1985). She's seen off by the pair to go back home after her short visit (which we don't see, really, but we get an idea of her character). Her train is attacked by demons and...then Akira gets a call of challenge from Jinmen and goes to face him that night. I'm just going to post this scene with little to no commentary.
Insert Sin City reference here.
Akira hears voices float through the night...
They fight some, Jinmen has Heat Hands!
He tosses Jinmen around a bit--until!
Yeah, there was a Gamera joke in there, but I couldn't bring myself to make it. Not...not with Jinmen.
The next vignette has the little brother of Miki lose a friend of his to her demon-posessed parents. They eat her. The only important bit is tha last page which says "That year, more and more people were replaced by demons."
Akira then breaks the fourth wall to tell us that It's going to get darker from here and that there's a message for us in it. That message will be revealed to be the dangers of actions born from fear. The thing Jinmen loved so much.
Afterwards, we are treated to another vignette.
Go Nagai loves his ugly bullies--but at least not all women in his works are generically cute like in...pretty much all popular manga/.anime series for the last 20 years.
Yes. She, like Akira, is a Devilman. Unfortunately for her, her Devil sucks and won't hide like his does. The bullies return--minus one (she got nabbed) and accost Miko again and drag her down an alley. She flips a bit.
Okay, yeah. Go Nagai's had a lot of first--one of those acid milk.
It gets worse from there.
Demons start randomly jumping into people. They both die, but they leave a very demonic, very public corpse.
Thus the terror begins to be sewn. Akira and Ryo Asuka talk about it. Asuka kind a flips when he sees what they plan to do--exploit the fear within all human hearts.
Yeah, the Soviets nuked themselves to destory a city infested with demons. Everyone is on edge. The demons are going to use the Cold War to their advantage.
Akira loses hope until... he realizes that this means there might also be Devilmen like himself in the world.
Akira decides to play Professor X--but then!
XENOM SHOWS UP!
And psychically declares that his demon armies will attack humanity all across the world IN 5 MINUTES!
Akira runs to find Ryo Asuka.
END OF VOLUME 3.
Shit just got real.