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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 212
  • ISBN: 1-59307-769-6
  • Size: 5x7 3/8
  • Orientation: Left to Right
  • Series: Shaman Warrior (aka: Dangoo)

Shaman Warrior Vol. #03

By Matthew Alexander     July 25, 2007
Release Date: May 30, 2007


Shaman Warrior Vol.#03
© Dark Horse


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

What They Say
Outlawed and marked for death by a kingdom they once served, the Shaman Warriors of Kugai are a dying breed of disturbingly powerful, mystical killing machines. Political misinformation has led the citizens and soldiers of Kugai to fear the once-respected Shamen. As the King's soldiers begin to comb the desert fringes of civilization for survivors, twisted Death Lords also hunt the Shamen and their followers.

Batu hopes to protect the child in his care from the chaos and fear that has engulfed the land, but the daughter of one of the strongest Shamen ever cannot be shielded from her destiny. When a gang of colorful, bloodthirsty assassins closes in on Batu and his ward, surprising new allies reveal themselves - ready to defend this special child with their lives!

The Review
With never a dull moment and good art, this is a series every 'fight manga/manhwa' enthusiast should check out.

The Shaman Hunters finally track down their prey in a lawless city outside of the Kingdom of Kugai's influence. One of the Hunters named Baak, a beast of a man, now holds Batu's old title as 'Fighting Champion' and he's dying to find out how he matches up with his predecessor. This leads to a wrestling match of epic proportions that plays out like a well-choreographed movie; shifting back and forth between Batu, Horakaan running for his life, and Yaki being protected by a new female character named Genji. Genji, like Batu, was a loyal servant of Yarong, and I have to say that she would make any ninja proud. Genji saves Yaki by fighting off the female Hunter with some downright dirty and entertaining tricks.

Elsewhere, Horakaan runs into Aragorn who wants to take him into his clan. Aragorn is the leader of the Manutu clan and former Chief Warrior of Kugai during the Clan Wars. What does all this mean? Basically Aragorn is so badass that the Hunter's practically run away with their tails between their legs without even putting up a resistance. Reporting back to their lord in Kugai doesn't really go any better as the Hunters are left with the decision of death where they stand or going back to face Aragorn and capture Horakaan. But now Kugai's officials are on guard and suspicious of Aragorn's actions, believing a new war may be approaching. So in the end our short-lived trio of vagabonds are forced into separate directions. Horakaan goes with Aragorn, Batu returns to Kugai to end everything by killing the man chasing Yaki, and Genji is taking Yaki to the 'Butcher Camps' so she can learn to fight. Butcher Camps? Could a place sound more unappealing? The packaging grade got a down bump with this volume because despite the great color pages, there seem to be more slightly faded pages than in the last volume.

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