Shaman Warrior Vol. #01 -

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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 1-59307-638-X
  • Size: 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Shaman Warrior (aka: Dangoo)

Shaman Warrior Vol. #01

By Jarred Pine     February 20, 2007
Release Date: November 29, 2006

Shaman Warrior Vol.#01
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Park Joong-Ki
Translated by:Taesoon Kang and Derek Kirk Kim
Adapted by:Taesoon Kang and Derek Kirk Kim

What They Say
From the desert wastelands emerge two mysterious warriors: master wizard Yarong and his faithful servant Batu. On a grave mission from their king, they have yet to realize the whirlwind of political movements and secret plots which will soon engulf them and change their lives forever.

When Yarong is mortally injured, Batu must fulfill a secret promise to leave Yarong's side and protect his master's child. As Batu seeks to find and hide the infant, Yarong reveals another secret to those who have tracked him down to finish him off: the deadly, hidden power of a Shaman Warrior!

The Review
I'm not sure whether to give Joong-Ki the Brass Balls Trophy for kicking off Shaman Warrior with a battle that takes 90% of the first volume to complete, or call the paddy wagon to have him committed. In any case, it is really hard to form any sort of opinion with this debut volume because it is merely a prologue; a violent showdown culminating in the death of a Shaman Warrior, resulting in political ramifications in volumes to come. To draw a comparison, think back to the beginning few volumes of Berserk, only now we are starting at the beginning.

Thankfully some character background and political intrigue are sprinkled throughout to give the reader hope for something much more substantial to develop later on. There is promise here, and Joong-Ki's beefy character artwork (god I miss Fist of the North Star) and extremely detailed artwork is worth checking out, but what's with yet another manwha from Dark Horse that shares Takehiko Inoue's art style. A coincidence? Joong-Ki does need to work on his sword artwork, as it looks like he's not even trying with the flat, white rectangles.

Dark Horse almost nailed the production, but the print reproduction seems to have gotten the best of them. It's not bad, but there are times where the lines look blurry or are faded; a subtle blemish but one that my eyes were able to pick out. The large trim size, gorgeous cover, and color printing makes up for it.


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