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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 13.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 1-59307-780-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Hellsing

Hellsing Vol. #08

By John Zakrzewski     August 15, 2007
Release Date: July 04, 2007

Hellsing Vol.#08
© Dark Horse

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

What They Say
London is already bathed in blood, its citizenry almost entirely slaughtered by vampiric, reborn Nazi soldiers. And marching through the rivers of blood are thousands of extreme Catholic warriors in creepy cloaks. But the focus of this chaotic eighth volume is the return of Alucard, the slave-paladin of the British Protestants, who's just piloted an aircraft carrier up the Thames to join the fray. It's a crazy face-off between three gory armies and their primary kille

The Review
Despite the graphic novel revolution having long since swept through the US manga industry, it's only been recently that fans have spotted a new ripple spreading across the sometimes tumultuous waters of domestic manga distribution - while unheard of only scant years prior, some ongoing series have actually caught-up to their Japanese counterparts, effectively forcing titles into a temporary hiatus until new material can be obtained.

Followers of Kohta Hirano's Hellsing have become all too familiar with this latest hitch in the system, as their devotion was tested after receiving Volume 7 (back in September 2005) by the series' near two-year absence. With Dark Horse finally shipping the newest installment to US retail stores, readers - depending on how deep they like their supernatural action manga - are either being handed one of the best or worst possible reintroductions of a title in quite some time. You see, one doesn't much need to read Volume 8 of Hellsing, because the book's art is doing all the talking, leaving its story dead in the same stagnate puddle from two years ago. Here's the skinny: an undead, Nazi hoard's getting their jollies ravaging London, with the Vatican's forces - in their ultra-chic Ku Klux Klan garb - having just made the scene; throw an insane Scottish clergyman and everyone's favorite preposterously-large fedora wearing vampire into the mix, and you're left with one seriously volatile powder keg. All that's needed is a flame, appropriately supplied by Integra Hellsing to her blood sucking servant Alucard, "Destroy them all."

Outside of a huge throw-down between Alucard and his Priestly archrival Alexander Anderson, with Nazi and Catholic soldiers filling the book's quota of blood-spewing meat sacks, not much else is really happening. Still, Hirano's art has grown even bolder during the intervening period between volumes and effortlessly ensnares any attention the reader might have given to the rather sparse, meaningless dialogue; one almost boggles at how the man manages to imbue the level of detail and dynamic movement to his work using such heavy contrasts of black and white, which left me drawing parallels to Mike Mignola's brilliant use of shadow in Hellboy and the ever popular Sin City by Frank Miller.

Those hoping Hellsing would return astride a narrative bullet train will be sorely disappointed - everyone in the book is still flippin' crazy, London remains the very last place you'd want to visit on holiday, and Alucard is ever primed to eviscerate any intruder foolish enough to set foot in the Queen's country; but Hirano's arresting artwork and splatter-film flair should be strong enough to keep series' fans sated... at least for a couple more months.


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