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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 14.95
  • Pages: 404
  • ISBN: 1-59307-498-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Crying Freeman (Koike Shoin version) Vol. #03

By Eduardo M. Chavez     May 02, 2007
Release Date: September 13, 2006

Crying Freeman (Koike Shoin version) Vol.#03
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Koike Kazuo / Ikegami Ryouichi
Translated by:Kumar Sivasubramanian
Adapted by:Kumar Sivasubramanian

What They Say
A failed assassination attempt brings into Freeman's possession Muramasa, the Devil's Sword, an ancient samurai blade that brings misfortune and death to any who possess it. Wishing to spare Freeman and tame the sword's malevolent spirit, Tiger Orchid, Freeman's wife, takes the blade to Kowloon to train with a legendary swordmaster. But she'll need to find him in Kowloon Castle, a slum so riddled with crime and destitution that it officially doesn't exist.

Its dangers are all too real, and even a possessed sword may not be enough to stop a gun-toting criminal army bent on selling Tiger Orchid into slavery!

The Review
The mafioso world tour continues with Freeman taking the action to all those who attempt to threaten the power and influence of his 108 dragons.

As is the case with most Koike titles this volume revolves entirely around the indomitable will of its main character. The format has become a little predictable though as it literally has turned into a gang of the month program. Every new arc follows Freeman as he crisscrosses the globe taking on rival gangs. Contrary to the formula though, Freeman takes the battle to his enemies. He does not hesitate but as we see here his bullish behavior allows Koike to think up improbable circumstances to overcome. He is caught, tortured, forced having sex with a different stunning killer app. in each new location. The life of an assassin is so damn rough!

Freeman as a character is an icon of masculinity. Strong-willed, a gifted artist and a master assassin Freeman is a man of honor while leading the largest gang the underworld has ever seen. In this volume, Koike makes the case for Freeman as one of the greatest characters Koike has ever created. We see Freeman's tactical ability as he almost single-handedly takes on rouge militaries. We see him control his emotions and bodies involuntary reactions as he is drugged and tortured. Freeman battles giants and trained killers without breaking a sweat and still has the strength to overwhelm any woman that crosses his path along the way.

This is clearly a clinic on manliness from Koike. And with this omnibus Dark Horse is bringing this market the biggest, beefiest Koike ever in the English language... For that I thank DH. A must read for anyone looking for a mature read.


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