D. Gray-man Vol. #12 (Mania.com)

By:Ben Leary
Review Date: Monday, January 18, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Less disgusting this go-around, but just as slow and silly.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Katsura Hoshino
Translation: John Werry
Adaptation: Lance Caselman

What They Say
Set in a fictional 19th century England, D.Gray-man is the story of Allen Walker, a 15-year-old boy who roams the earth in search of Innocence. Washed away to unknown parts of the world after the Great Flood, Innocence is the mysterious substance used to create weapons that obliterate demons known as akuma.

Fight to the DebtKrory, trapped with seemingly no hope of escape, receives a visitation from the last person he thought he would ever see again. As for his comrades, they continue their struggle through the Ark until they meet up with Tyki Mikk, who wishes a palaver with Allen Walker before there is any further fighting. Allen reluctantly agrees, unaware that Lavi is feverishly mulling over mounting evidence that Innocence is far more, and far stranger, than anyone had previously imagined!

The Review!
D. Gray-Man is a series that I never liked all that much, but has by now become a real chore to read. Even though the early volumes weren't my thing they at least had things happen in them. Now the story has slowed to a crawl and isn't even going much of anywhere. It's like watching molasses spread across a plate. Remember the door that Allen and the gang have been fighting to get through? Well, they get through it in this volume. And what's waiting for them? More fighting.

And such uninteresting fighting, too. D. Gray-Man would be at least tolerable if the fighting were done decently, but it just isn't. There are three encounters in the volume - or, arguably, two and a half. The "half" one is a continuation of the false conclusion to the fight at the end of the last book. That one's just more of the same. The main fight, Allen's encounter with Tyki Mikk, has next to no physical contact. It's all just a muddle of power blasts. Most of them don't seem to do anything. Potentially more interesting is the situation Lavi finds himself in. Road traps him in something like a dream world, which is at least a little different from what we've been seeing, right? The trouble is that there isn't much for him to do there, so the volume just leaves him wandering in the dark.

In Summary:
This volume of D. Gray-Man is a little more palatable than the last, but only because it avoids being as gross and unpleasant as the series usually is. It isn't repulsive: just very, very dull. The series has become one of those very few titles of immense popularity that I just can't find anything to like about. And by this time I doubt I ever will.


Mania Grade: C-
Art Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B-
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 7.99
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-1421523897
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left