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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4215-1571-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Claymore

Claymore Vol. #11

By Matthew Alexander     March 17, 2008
Release Date: March 04, 2008

Claymore Vol.#11
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Norihiro Yagi
Translated by:Arashi Productions
Adapted by:Arashi Productions

What They Say
In the northern town of Pieta, Clare and a force of Claymores battle a troupe of Awakened Ones to prevent them from advancing south. Their orders are to hold off the evil horde at all costs, while the Organization prepares a secret weapon. Clare and her comrades realize that theirs is a suicide mission. As their friends fall one by one, the warriors band together to make their last stand.

The Review
The Battle of Pieta rages on, but the tide has turned in the favor of the Awakened Ones. Not that there was any real hope the Claymores could defeat such odds. Recognizing Clare's group to be the most dangerous, the leader of the Awakened Ones assault force confidently enters battle without any reinforcements. Even alone, he has little trouble picking off the Claymores one at a time. I honestly didn't believe there was anyway Clare could survive without the surprise arrival of reinforcements, which seemed unlikely considering the Organization set this up as a suicide mission from the very beginning. My concerns seemed to be unwarranted after Clare successfully pushed her body to the limits by awakening only her limbs. Somehow, she manages to gain the strength and speed of an Awakened One while still maintaining her soul. How long can a Claymore pull this off before losing everything? If Clare is successful, can she and the remaining six Claymores somehow defeat a dozen Awakened Ones?

Isley, the leader of the northern Awakened Ones, continues to toy with Raki. Their time together seems to revolve around sparing, in order to make Raki stronger. This whole situation continues to make little sense to me. What does Isley plan to use Raki for? That question will have to wait as Isley moves far to the south in an attempt to broaden his territory. However, the Awakened leader of the south, Luciela, is going to be a terribly powerful opponent.

There is a lot happening in this volume; between Clare's battle for survival and Isley's battle to the death with Luciela, the Organization reveals it's greatest weapon to date. The new number 1 Claymore must protect the Organization from yet another squadron of Awakened Ones. All I can say is this Claymore (plural?) is incredibly different from anything before her.

I have to admit that I was not a very big fan of Yagi's artwork through the first few volumes of this series. However, his style continued to progress until the point where I quite enjoy it. While being wonderfully varied, his creatures carry a common theme. I also have a lot of respect for the effort he puts into using cross-hatching to create depth, especially on the armor and other metallic surfaces. The translation and adaptation reads well and I always appreciate translated SFX. On the other hand, the use of bold text for Awakened Ones dialogue seems largely inconsistent and it bugged me a little. Viz's packaging for this series is very much the same as many of their titles, bare-boned.

Like many previous volumes, this one ends with more questions than answers. Will Clare survive? What will become of Raki? Who will live to claim the southern territory, Isley or Luciela? Will the new number 1 Claymore successfully defend the Organization?


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