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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 17 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-755-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Faust Anthology

Chunchu: Genocide Fiend Vol. #03

By Ron Quezon     November 02, 2008
Release Date: March 05, 2008


Chunchu: Genocide Fiend Vol.#03
© Dark Horse

The demon's son goes one-on-one in a fierce and bloody battle against the Master General of the dreaded White Brigade!

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: Kim Sung-Jae / Kim Byung-Jin
Translated by: Jay So
Adapted by: Jay So

What They Say
Chunchu is a sullen, dark figure. Hunted for the bounty on his head, with the blood of hundreds on his hands, and hated by his own comrades - it's easy to see why. But it's not his fault that he's impossible to kill and thirsty for blood. It's his brother's fault. It was his own brother who planted the demon stone in Chunchu while the two were just babies. So now Chunchu lives as a man possessed by a curse, fighting for a kingdom that should be his to rule.

But who is this mysterious man who knows of Chunchu's curse, and just may have the means to take him down? And will Chunchu fight him or welcome death?

The Review
Chunchu's fought off all sorts of assassins after the bounty on his head. However, he may have met his match with his latest adversary: Hu Moohae, the Master General of the infamous White Brigade! With an astounding sword technique that reduces his opponents' blades to bits, Moohae is a formidable enemy. Will he be able to accomplish where others have failed?

Except for a few brief scenes, this entire volume is dedicated to the one-on-one fight between Chunchu and Moohae. And it gets extremely brutal. It is somewhat difficult to tell from the action sequences how Moohae's sword technique works exactly (some sort of spinning mechanism?). However, the amount of blood and screaming it produces is extremely apparent. But at a certain point, the show of technique falls by the wayside, and the fight boils down to plain and simple butchering.

The author provides a glimpse into Moohae's reason for wanting the bounty, and it is somewhat unexpected given his deadly reputation and merciless posture towards Chunchu. In a sense, Chunchu and Moohae have more in common than they realize, and you have to wonder if they'll realize it before one of them ends up dead on the ground. As for the White Brigade, while the story is still somewhat vague on how it fits into the greater scheme of the Yeman Empire worldview, it appears to be a force that will have a significant impact on future chapters.

This volume includes splash art and a guide to characters as extras. However, considering how tightly focused the plot is on Chunchu and Moohae in Volume 3, it might have been handier if Dark Horse had included this guide in Volume 2.

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