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  • Packaging Rating: A=
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-895-9
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Left to Right
  • Series: Shaman Warrior (aka: Dangoo)

Shaman Warrior Vol. #06

By Matthew Alexander     September 09, 2008
Release Date: March 05, 2008

Shaman Warrior Vol.#06
© Dark Horse

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

What They Say
Reunited with Batu, her sworn protector, Yaki learns of the events that led Batu to follow and serve her father, the shaman warrior Yarong. How did the toughest Butcher Camp wrestler wind up pledging his life and loyalty to the refined, mystical Yarong? When you're the daughter of the most powerful shaman warrior who's ever lived, it's just the tale you want to hear before you set off to destroy those who murdered your father and have a genocidal hatred of your people.

The corrupt forces of Kugai, which have sworn to destroy the shaman warriors and their bloodlines, have no idea that Batu, Yaki, and the resourceful shaman Horakaan are setting a plan in motion to kill their General. Yuda, the Death Lord who defeated Yarong, senses that his opponents are getting near, though... and he has some nasty surprises of his own in store for them!

The Review
On the political strife side of things, Yatilla and his Shaman Warrior Horakaan have traveled to meet with a wealthy businessman in search of funding.  Yatilla needs to raise an army for the Manutu Clan to attack Kugai’s King.  Even with an army, the most important thing is to successfully assassinate Kugai’s General.  That task is the only thing that has kept Batu alive for all these years.  Now that he has a capable assassin in Yaki, Batu may just get his chance.  My biggest question is still whether or not Batu can kill the Generals bodyguard, the same man that killed Yaki’s father.  After all, her father was the strongest Shaman Warrior so how can Batu hope defeat his killer.

The flashbacks in this series have thus far proven to be a bit of a double-edged sword.  On one hand, they provide background and development for characters.  On the other, the flashbacks work roughly into the story and break up the overall flow.  The memory sequence in this volume finally shows how Batu met Yaki’s father and sheds light on the Batu/Genji relationship.  While the placement of the flashback was good, Batu remembers it while sitting in the dark; the length was a little long at three chapters.

The entire second half of this volume proves why this series is MM4MM as multiple battles rage.  Horakaan faces off against a Shaman Hunter in an attempt to protect Yatilla and find some small amount of revenge on those who killed his father and brothers.  Yaki puts her assassin skills to work in an attempt to clear out some of the Generals guards and make an escape path for Batu.  That is of course if Batu can kill the General after killing his bodyguard.  Will Batu finally exact his revenge?  Will Yatilla still be able to gather enough money to start his army?  Can Yaki follow Batu’s orders and escape the city no matter what happens to him?


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