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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 13.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-864-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Berserk

Berserk Vol. #23

By Danielle Van Gorder     September 24, 2008
Release Date: May 29, 2008

Berserk Vol.#23
© Dark Horse
Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: Kentaro Miura
Translated by: Duane Johnson
Adapted by: Duane Johnson

What They Say
Desperate as Guts, the Black Swordsman, has been to reunite with his former captain and lover, the now-mad Casca, he's quickly learning that being together is as dangerous as being apart. What should be a simple journey to the safety of Puck's homeland proves to be a gauntlet of perils, as the Mark of Sacrifice each bears brings the fury of Hell down upon them, and Guts discovers that in his darkest moments he himself is the greatest danger to the woman he loves.

The Review
Guts, Casca, and Puck are on a journey to Puck's homeland, which will hopefully be a safe place for Casca. In the meantime, Guts is faced with the challenge of not only defending himself from his nightly demonic attackers, but the all but helpless Casca as well, something that's taking it's toll on him in more ways than one. Struggling with both his own inner darkness and Casca's lack of cooperation taxes Guts to the point where even Puck notices some changes in him. When a horrific chain of events awakens a hint of the old Casca, Guts' reaction threatens to tear the two apart completely.

Coincidentally, a few old acquaintances cross their paths, and in an uncharacteristic gesture, Guts agrees to allow Farnese, Serpico, and Isidoro to accompany them. Burdened by his own inner darkness, he seems to be reaching out to them for help, even as they rely on him to show them a new way. Farnese in particular struggles with discovering who she is without the trappings and chains of her aristocratic upbringing and the expectations of others. With the enemies that lay in the path ahead, Guts is likely to need every ally he can get

While Guts is wandering lost, Griffith continues to expand and strengthen the new Band of the Hawk, utterly crushing his enemies with his terrifying new allies - demons, giants, legendary warriors rumored to have been killed in battle - he has them all, along with the awe and respect of the people of Midland. When young Lord Mule's small force is rescued by Griffith, he feels the pull of destiny and ends up swearing his sword to him.

This volume is a bit quieter (as quiet as Berserk gets, anyway) than the previous volumes - no huge, epic clashes between powerful enemies, just Guts battling everyday demons (and himself), and Griffith dominating the battlefield as usual. The echoes of the earlier Band of the Hawk are both painful and poignant, and it's hard not to see signs of future doom in every step they take. Berserk is a powerful series, not always easy to read, but so very worth it in the end.


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zaldar 9/24/2008 9:21:12 AM
Wait there are people who are not crazy 23 volumes into the bezerk manga? I mean just watching the animated verzion made me crazy...


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