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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: 1-59307-749-1
  • Size: 5" x 7 3/8"
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Shaman Warrior (aka: Dangoo)

Shaman Warrior Vol. #02

By Matthew Alexander     July 11, 2007
Release Date: February 28, 2007

Shaman Warrior Vol.#02
© Dark Horse

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

What They Say
Marked for death by a jealous king, master warrior-wizard Yarong entrusts the care of his child to Batu, a loyal servant. With Yarong's child in tow, Batu seeks refuge in a non-descript hovel, ready to defend the youngster against the king's sinister henchmen. Help comes from a surprising source: a violent, headstrong young warrior who's also felt the harsh sting of betrayal.

Forming an alliance, they pit their wits, sword skills, and brute strength against the king's approaching troops and colorful, ruthless bounty hunters.

The Review
Political intrigue, soldiers, magical warriors, and a little girl with an unknown destiny.

As Jarred mentioned in the review for the first volume, there was almost all fight and no background story. With volume two, the story fleshes out and actually proves to be plenty interesting. The Kingdom of Kugai used Shaman warriors to stabilize the land and keep the rulers in place. Unfortunately for the Shamans, their thank you was a massive helping of extermination. Afraid of the Shamans powers, the General of Kugai's order to kill all Shamans sends all the survivors into hiding. A group of soldiers called the 'Hunters' were created to seek and destroy the remaining Shaman. This ultimately leads to the Shaman Horakaan, fleeing from the Hunters, meeting Batu and Yaki (the daughter of Yarong, the most powerful Shaman ever).

This is where the story really peaked my interest. It's been a few years since Yarong's death, and Batu has kept his promise and raised Yaki. With Horakaan's arrival, Batu learns the General has turned Yarong's memory into a monster to allow the order for killing all Shaman warriors. Now the question is, what powers do the Hunters have? Joong-Ki includes character sketches at the beginning of each chapter, and the female Hunter appears to have a cool power and it sounds like she might be the daughter of a Shaman warrior, like Yaki is. So will Batu, Horakaan, and Yaki be able to evade the Hunters? All the sons of Shamans eventually develop Shaman powers, so what about the daughters? I don't know, yet, but I definitely want to learn more about Shaman powers, the political strings being pulled, and what Yaki will become if she lives long enough to grow up.


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