Black Cat Vol. #20 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Release Date: Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A solid conclusion to an entertaining series.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Kentaro Yabuki
Translation: JN Productions
Adaptation: Kelly Sue DeConnick

What They Say
Train Heartnet, also known as "Black Cat," was an infamous assassin for a secret organization called Chronos...until he abandoned that cold-blooded existence to live on his own terms as an easygoing bounty hunter. But is Train's past as far behind him as he thinks?

A Carefree TomorrowTrain faces Creed in a final showdown. Train is determined to follow the Sweeper's Code and take Creed alive. But now that Creed has become virtually indestructible, Train may have finally met his match. Will he come out of this in one piece, or has luck finally run out for the Black Cat?!

The Review!
As the volume open, we find Train facing Creed’s Imagine Blade, which has now fused to his body. This new form allows Creed immense maneuverability and power, but grants Train a shimmer of hope to win this battle on his own terms: if Train can snap Creed’s blade, it may just do enough harm to his mind to render him harmless, but leave him alive. Staking his life on this chance, Train begins to go all out, yet it appears to have no effect.

Meanwhile, we rejoin the battles being fought against the Kiseitai. With their overwhelming inhuman abilities the enemy appears to have the upper hand, but our heroes manage to pull out a win with new maneuvers and a little cunning. However, Echidna still remains before Sven and Eve, wielding the full power of her teleportation ability.

As things finally come to a climax, Train musters up a resolve strong enough to fire one last Rail Gun, pitting it against Creed’s fully released Imagine Blade. With this immense power, Train is finally able to shatter Creed’s godly abilities, dragging him back down to the realm of man and destroying his ability to fight. Using Eve’s nanomachines, Creed’s immortality granting nanotech is removed, and Train allows Echidna to leave with the broken man in order to help him face his sins.

The series finally comes to a close with a quick epilogue showing what’s happened to nearly everyone in the eight months that have passed since Creed’s defeat.

In Summary:
Containing an intense battle with Creed and emotional closure for the core cast, this volume makes for a solid ending to an entertaining series. Add in solid battles for the rest of the cast that don’t steal the thunder from the main conflict, and there’s certainly plenty to love. With any luck, the author’s desire to eventually continue this series will amount to something, as this has been quite a fun little series. All in all, a nice conclusion to the series that manages to both thrill and wrap things up nicely in the process.

 



Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 7.99
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-1421523798
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left