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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 17 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 12.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 9781421534350
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Dogs

Dogs Vol. #04

Dogs Vol. #04 Manga Review

By Matthew Alexander     October 07, 2010
Release Date: September 14, 2010


Dogs Vol. #04
© Viz Media

Badou finally finds the man that destroyed his eye and murdered his brother. Only problem is, it’s a trap, and one that Badou probably won’t escape.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Shirow Miwa

What They Say
As Campanella Frühling's train speeds on, bearing disaster to the Underground and its denizens, Bishop gives Heine more clues to his past. But the aims of Bishop, who wears his own "collar," are unclear: why is he revealing these things now, and why did he save Heine in the first place?

Meanwhile, Badou takes on another freelance job from Granny Liza to gather information - and soon discovers it was the information that his brother died pursuing...

The Review!

Somehow Mihai survived the attack on the train during the last volume, but he didn’t escape it unscathed. His arm was badly damaged and he is generally haggard looking. To make matters worse, his lady friend is even madder at him because all he was supposed to do was run an errand for her. It’s obvious she likes him, so being mad at herself for putting Mihai in danger just leads to her abusing him more. Poor guy.
 
Finally, we learn a little more about who and what the Father Bishop is and why he does the things he does. Bishop comes from the same lab run by that mad woman that experimented on Giovanni and Heine. Bishop also set Heine up in the above world after he escaped from that mad woman. But at this point, Heine is tired of waiting to learn the truth about Bishop, and it might get ugly. Guns, canes, and superhuman badasses clash! The craziest part to me is the fact that Bishop is blind, but he moves through the world without any problems. Maybe the collar he has gives him some kind of vision, or echolocation?
 
This volume also spends a good amount of time following Badou as he picks up the investigation about children kidnapping, the same one that ultimately got his older brother killed. Badou swore he would never follow in his brother’s footsteps, but for some reason he is going down that road. It leads to a visit with his brother’s old girlfriend and enough flashbacks to fill in the blanks for the readers. His investigation even leads to the man that killed his brother and destroyed Badou’s eye. Only problem is the guy has an army with him and Heine isn’t there to help Badou. Things don’t look good.
 
Not to be outdone, the man Naoto has been searching for also makes an appearance. He is a sadistic, nasty piece of work. A top notch killer, and while Naoto is badass herself, I don’t know if she’ll be able to take this guy.
 
In Summary:
This is a great volume with all the background revelations. Seriously, how often does a book give you a decent amount of background information on three or more characters? Aside from all that, I love what the author does with the mad woman from the lab. In flashbacks of Heine and Giovanni, her face is in the light. But in the “present” illustrations, her face is always in the shadows. It is an awesome technique, but I have to admit that I don’t know what the purpose is. Was her face damaged by Heine when he escaped? Did she have an experiment go horribly wrong? Did she have a bad batch of Botox?
 
It is easy to love the gritty setting and art of this series, but I also really like the comedic illustrations. They remind me of the SD illustrations in the ‘Hellsing’ series. Not over done, but just enough to convey a character’s feelings in a comedic fashion. Anyways, this is another great volume in story and art, and in packaging. Viz is doing a great job with this series; large format and color pages intact. Good stuff!



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