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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • Pages: 210
  • ISBN: 9781421516080
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Black Cat

Black Cat Vol. #17

Black Cat Vol. #17 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     February 07, 2011
Release Date: November 04, 2008

Black Cat Vol. #17
© Viz Media

Will Train and company be able to take down former friends turned enemies?

Creative Talent:
Writer/Artist: Kentaro Yabuki
Translation: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Adaptation: JN Productions

What They Say
The final stage of the battle begins! Now that Train and the Sweepers have reached Creed's hideout, there is no turning back. But for Train, it's not about avenging Saya's death anymore. He is risking his life to capture Creed as a member of the Sweeper Alliance.

The Review:

As the volume begins, we find Train concluding his battle with Shiki, using the power of his “Black Cat’s Claws.” This attack, utilizing four high speed strikes of Train’s gun, is able to bring down Shiki and bring a close to the battle. After giving his opponent a quick pep speech and convincing him that life is still worth living, Train departs for Creed’s mansion. Using a new technique called the Nanoblade, Eve defeats the guards and meets up with Train.

After some quick taunting from Creed, the group begins to infiltrate the mansion only to run into the sweepers named Mundock and Fudou. However, this happy reunion soon turns sour, as it turns out that the Doctor implanted them with special nanomachines, causing them to go into a berserker rage. Kevin and River are quickly taken out, leaving Train and Eve to deal with their former comrades on their own. Left with the options of kill or be killed, the pair retreat in order to come up with a plan. Though it’s risky, Train distracts the pair long enough to give Eve an opening, which she uses to inject her own nanomachines in order to combat the Doctor’s. The gamble pays off, and the two are saved without any noteworthy injuries.

Having won their battle, Train and Eve leave their injured comrades to rest, and head off to fight the diabolical Doctor. However, upon entering his room, they find themselves inexplicably in a desert, and soon seem to run into Kyoko, even though there’s no way she could be there. Will the pair manage to find the Doctor and finally put a stop to his wrongdoings?

In Summary:
While there is a moderate amount of action present here, the core of the volume feels a bit too insignificant. However, the main characters do get a few steps closer to Creed, and Train and Eve manage to show off a few new moves along the way. With the conclusion coming up and good number of key characters left on the playing field, the next few volumes should certainly manage to be more interesting than this one. For now, this volume manages to provide at least a moderate amount of entertainment.


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