Cantarella Vol. #10 (Mania.com)
By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Friday, November 07, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Plots thicken as marriages are made, alliances are broken, and betrayal flourishes.
Writer/Artist: You Higuri
Translated by: Christine Schilling
Adapted by: Brynne Chandler
What They Say
Cesare is well on his way to fulfilling his dark destiny, with the help of his newfound power. Seizing control of the French army, he begins the murderous rampage that would be his downfall... but for his loyal friend Chiaro, who can hear the last remaining vestige of Cesare's soul crying out for release...
Now separated from the one person who could save him from himself, Cesare is free to pursuit his ambitions without interference from a conscience. He negotiates a marriage for himself with a relative of the French king, to help further his goal of increasing Papal control to Milan and Naples. His new wife is very much in love with him - or at least with the idea of him, but she's little more than a symbol and a tool to the new Cesare, who can't even be bothered to pretend to care for her.
Chiaro, after being separated from Cesare and his right arm, has been making a living as a vintner, but mere survival isn't enough for him. It seems that fighting is in his blood, so when he has the opportunity to sign on as a mercenary, he takes it. Even with only one working arm, his skills are still far superior to most, so before he even has time to settle into the group he's selected to go to Milan to help protect the city from papal ambition - meaning Cesare, turning the prediction that they'd meet as enemies next into a near certainty. And the promise that Chiaro made so long ago, to kill Cesare before he lost his humanity, still stands.
There's a lot going on in this book, which is par for the course with Cantarella, but it's impressive the way that Higuri manages to pull it off. With Cesare and Chiaro at odds and a confrontation looming, the series dynamic has definitely changed, and it's going to be interesting to see where things go from here. Unfortunately, there might be a bit of a wait for the next volume, but I'll be here waiting when it finally shows up. Highly recommended.
Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Released By: Go! Comi
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Faust Anthology