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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 13.95
  • Pages: 164
  • ISBN: 1-59307-202-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Hellsing Vol. #03

By Justin Rich     March 11, 2006
Release Date: June 01, 2004

Hellsing Vol.#03
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kohta Hirano
Translated by:Duane Johnson
Adapted by:

What They Say
Vampires! Nazis! Bloodshed! Action! Add to the that a healthy helping of sleek style and an exotic locale, and you have Hellsing volume 3. Our scant troop of vampire-killing vampires and mercenaries are planning a little trip overseas…to beautiful South America, in search of the elusive Millenium Project, an old Nazi organization with very secretive origins. It’s the start of a war, and only time will show how nasty this war will become. But one thing’s sure, the vampire Alucard will make sure it gets off to a fitting start.

The Review
The front cover is bordered red with Hellsing in white lettering along the top and black kanji and a black crucifix inside the left hand side. Below the g of Hellsing is the volume number in gold encircled in black. Inside the border Alucard has just fired both his guns happily grinning with shells askew and Integra smoking in the background behind him. The back cover has an exact replica of the Hellsing writing and volume number except they are both located within the top black bar. The volume information is in red with another black stripe on the bottom. This volume also includes a Cross Fire bonus story.

Hirano’s blood bath in the volume is like a watching a car wreck in the way that it is so violent and gory that you can’t help but be drawn in, as Alucard begins disposing of humans working for the Nazis like the sheep they are. Splattering and shadowing once again support the dark and demonic theme which builds more suspense with each panel.

The SFX are not translated within the panels and are completely unobtrusive to any of the massive action and gore. Once again Father Anderson is only in two pages again so his hard to decipher Irish accent is primarily missing again making the volume rather easy to read. But, the Nazis are starting to put their plan into action which brings forth the not so hard z laden German language.

Content (Watch out Spoilers ahead):
This volume begins with Walter and Alucard talking as they prepare to chase the Nazis down to their hidden location in South America. They quickly reminisce over the mission they thought they had completed the first time, but somehow a part of Millennium had survived to complete their work. Seras finishes her preparations for the pending battle.

Soon after arriving there position is given away and the hotel which Alucard and Seras are staying at is stormed. Unfortunately, for the humans they do not realize that the “terrorists” are really vampires. They shoot Alucard, but he quickly gets up and ravages the all the men in the hall outside of his room. The carnage doesn’t stop there, everyone is his path is obliterated as soon as Integra gives the order that humans working for the Nazis are accomplices. Biting, shooting, throwing them on spikes outside of the hotel are all in a days work and entertainment for the undead superpower as he makes his way to the front door.

Waiting by the front steps is the first of Millennium’s flunkies Alhambra who is confident that, unlike the poor soldiers who were just executed, he has enough power to take down the unstoppable Alucard. He unleashes a barrage of playing cards around Alucard, which is similar to Anderson’s whirling papers, which explodes leaving nothing but a cloud of smoke and debris. The fight begins again and reporters, police officers and camera men are being obliterated by flying bullets and cards; no bystander is safe as they attack each other relentlessly. Both Alhambra and Alucard go to the roof for battle, while Vernedead’s men dispose of any other unwanted pests like good mercenaries do. This fight is left unfinished, but on the bright side Alucard is getting to have a little fun to go with his mayhem.

With Hellsing getting a lot of attention of the past week with the release of Hellsing Ultimate it inspired me to get back to the material the spawned the OVA. This volume picks up from the destruction of Hellsing and into the pursuit of the masterminds of the Valentine Brother attack, the secret Nazi organization Millennium. If you want mind numbing gore and destructions combined with heart pounding action well then quickly run to your nearest bookstore and grab a copy of Hellsing. The story is now progressing as the war is beginning between Hellsing, who is looking for revenge, and the mysterious Nazi group Millennium whom had ambushed them. What is the devious plan the is finally underway? Can Hellsing stop it and what part does the always aggravating Iscariot have to play? Hirano’s dark masterpiece gains speed as it heads into volume 4.


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