Berserk Vol. #17 -

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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 13.95
  • Pages: 238
  • ISBN: 1-59307-742-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Berserk

Berserk Vol. #17

By Eduardo M. Chavez     July 03, 2007
Release Date: May 30, 2007

Berserk Vol.#17
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Miura Kentaro
Translated by:Duane Johnson
Adapted by:Duane Johnson

What They Say
Renegade devil-slayer Guts, the Black Swordsman, may be the bane of the demonic realm, but the citizenry of Midland, the kingdom he formerly served, aren't exactly members of his fan club, either. When the holier-than-thou Knights of the Holy Iron Chain capture Guts and decide to (literally) whip some repentance into him, Guts develops a few ideas of his own - like taking the Iron Chain's leader hostage and showing her that when Hell comes calling, the only thing worth praying for is a sword!

The Review
As hope seems to be lost and even Guts is searching for answers, Miura makes way for a new hero to emerge. Based on the hopes of the masses and the memories of heroes past the power of the Hawk returns. It is not yet known whether the Hawk is real or not. A dark hawk Femto already lives within the nightmares of men preying on their fears and hate. This new hawk inspires the lower classes, confuses the powerful and taunts the apostles of darkness. So even when there seems to be nothing but doom and despair in Midland, there is always a reason to raise one's head. Guts might not be aware of this new hawk as he sets out to look for his love. But soon enough he will have to come face to face with the power of this new force.

I have often referred to Miura's Berserk as the best example of a modern day epic. This volume is a good example of why. Miura presents natural disasters like plagues and famine with cruel honesty. He also takes on social issues like the extremes of fundamental religion adding even more depth to an elaborate world he has created. The attention to detail is amazing. In 70% of titles a mangaka are lax with their background art. A higher percentage are written without fleshing out the background history or even expanding the social landscape their stories are set in. Berserk encompasses almost too much to make every scene, every character, every action relevant to these character futures. To a reader like myself, as overwhelming as that may be, reading Berserk is like watching a motion picture. The details sets it apart from the rest and alls the while enriches the experience.

Still one of the best properties out there.


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