Berserk Vol. #07 (Mania.com)
By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Release Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Translated by:Duane Johnson
What They Say
Two feudal kingdoms, Midland and Chuder, battle for supremacy in what will become the final clash in a century-long struggle. Spearheading the Midland forces is the Band of the Hawk, a legendary cadre of elite mercenaries led by the charismatic Griffith and with the fearless Guts as its berserker champion.
The Hawks' ferocity, courage, and fearsome skills - not to mention Guts' enormous broadsword - are just what Midland needs to turn the bloody tide, but during the fray, Guts and Griffith's most trusted lieutenant, Casca, fall together from a cliff into a raging river. Both miraculously survive (barely) and Guts tends to Casca's wounds as she tells of having her life saved by Griffith, her induction into the Band of the Hawk, and her deep feelings toward Griffith. And above all, she even seems to finally be warming up to the grim Guts.
But this greeting-card moment won't last long, for Chuder warriors are on the prowl, and the only greetings they carry are on the points of their spears!
Guts is nothing if he is not with is sword. The big man knows more than anyone that the more he swings his sword, the more he loses himself in it. He can spend three years with Gaston, Judeau and Casca but in the end right now all he has out of all that has been warmth. The Hawk have given him a home he will not forget, but his life is on the battlefield even if others are trying to grab hold of their own little dreams around him.
Miura begins to raise the doubt Guts had planted in him in two volumes ago. Guts with Casca open up to each other as they see that the man who brought them to these heights is quickly moving out of their reach. Do they want to be a flame in Griffith's enferno, or do they want to start their own fire?
Amazing art, one huge ultra-detailed battle scene and some interesting war room drama made for a solid volume that could only be labelled sophisticated. Berserk continues to shine above all other fantasy titles.
Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: Dark Horse
Orientation: Right to Left