The Great Emperor of the Kushan is more than he appears, but is he any match for Griffith?
Writer/Artist: Kentaro Miura
Translation: Duane Johnson
Adaptation: Duane Johnson
What They Say
Now equipped with the mystical Berserker Armor, Guts fights on against the dragon-form of Grunbeld and his legion of fanatic apostle soldiers. But the very armor that holds Guts together - in a nightmarishly literal sense - might be the last straw that tears his tortured mind apart! While Guts struggles to hold his own against his inner demons, monsters of a very different sort rally in Windham as the Kushan Emperor, Ganishka, and the newly reborn Griffith rally their forces in a head-to-head struggle for control of all of Midland. But when the dust finally settles, there may be little left of the kingdom to claim!
Guts, armed with the power of the his new Berserker Armor, seems to be equal to the task of facing off against one of Griffith's strongest Apostles, but the cost on his body and mind are brutal. Schierke manages to bring him back to himself, but it takes much longer for his body to heal from the hideous damage he's done to himself. But his drive is no less weak for all of that - his determination to face off against Griffith and the reborn Band of the Hawk are stronger than ever.
Griffith, however, is focused on a different opponent, one who is more than he seems. The Great Emperor of the Kushan has turned Windham into a charnal house occupied by monsters, where a few frightened survivors do what they can to hold together in the face of overwhelming terror. But he's more than just demonlike in his behavior - the Great Emperor himself is a true monster, using other monsters to breed still more monsters to drive his conquest. And while he feels the pull of Griffith's power, he has no desire to bend to it, and with Princess Charlotte a captive he certainly has the means to draw Griffith's attention to him.
In this volume, the lull of recent volumes is definitely past, and the action has been turned up to the maximum. Griffith's battle demons are an interesting group, and it's going to be fun to see the battles play out between them and the Kushans in the larger theater of war, and between them and Guts in smaller battles. Berserk is one of those series that just sets the bar for everything else.