Priest Vol. #08 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Release Date: Monday, September 01, 2003
Translated by:Jessica Kim
What They Say
Everybody wants a piece of Ivan Isaacs. The agents of the fallen angel Temozarela want to destroy him and the law has a bounty on his head. But the one who needs Ivan most of all is Coburn, a US Marshall in charge of investigating unusual incidents around the Southwest. His only lead to finding Ivan is Lizzie, former leader of the Rebel Angels and the only surviving Witness of the St. Baldlas Massacre. Lizzie and Coburn search desperately for their man in an impossibly huge wasteland.
After the gut-wrenching end to the saga of the birth of Ivan the undead, this eighth installment of Min-Woo Hyung's Priest serves more as a transition volume for future storylines. There are no revelations surrounding Temozarela, little character development, and the action is light. All longer running titles have these transitions volumes, so it is nothing for with to get discouraged as the pieces have to be set. There is still some good material here with Ivan beginning his existential battle with Belial, as well as a little more history on Lizzie--our forgotten Rebel Angel who is infected with the blood of the undead and now lives each moment on the brink of death. And the cliffhanger ending should definitely have you coming back for more.
Min-Woo's artwork continues to be quite compelling and gorgeously cinematic. I loved the scene with Ivan playing the silversmith, creating new bullets and fixing his trusty blade, with all his ammo and weapons spread across the room. There are no words during these few pages, but Min-Woo is able to get across the emotional state of Ivan masterfully. It is sequences like this that make Min-Woo one of my favorite sequential artists.
The English script continues to be excellent. SFX are not translated, which is not too big of a deal with this title. The custom covers continue to be fabulous. The print reproduction is good, although I'm now noticing some moire issues with this volume. There are character bios, but no other extras.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Released By: TOKYOPOP
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