Trigun Maximum Vol. #11 -

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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 190
  • ISBN: 1-59307-674-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Trigun Maximum Vol. #11

By Eduardo M. Chavez     April 04, 2007
Release Date: November 01, 2006

Trigun Maximum Vol.#11
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Naitou Yasuhiro
Translated by:Studio Cutie
Adapted by:Studio Cutie

What They Say
Full of so many intense scenes and watershed moments, everything is climbng steadily to a crescendo. What lies in store for the people of the planet Gunsmoke?

The Review
Vash might have lost a friend and a gun in the last volume but that does not mean that he is alone. It does not take long for him to be reunited with faces from his past. And along side those old friends are new comrades in arms willing to join the wandering pacifist as he tries to give humanity another chance at survival. And that chance is coming. It has made it presence very clear to the people on this frontier planet. However, there are beings that do not want the aide. They seek something else altogether and they will risk collaborating with the darkness to get what they want.

After a number of dark, depressing and violent volumes filled with confusing action and overused melodrama, volume 11 of TriMax reminds readers that at its core this series is about the hopes placed on one quirky character. Vash the Stampede is part human typhoon part pacifist. He cares about all life, while his reputation often overwhelms his kindness and sacrifice. For the longest time, Vash became a brooding almost broken man. The laughter he inspired early on was gone as his smile and innocence were taken away from him. Much of the hope he provided early on in this series has returned. Through a handful of emotional one-on-one scenes with friends and colleagues, Vash's optimism brightened the tone of this title. Moments with Meryl brought back memories of a lighter comical Trigun. And even somber scenes with him and his unique coin collection created a sense of closure from the painful battles he had with the GungHo Guns.

TriMax vol 11 still has its intense action moments. When looking at these for now eleven volumes, I feel as if Naitou is occasionally missing panels when he lays out his action. Luckily for me, the number of fight scenes was down in this volume; so I didn't mind too much. More importantly, the drama is back. These moments of "downtime" always give Naitou a chance to revisit his plot for a while. Furthermore, now that he has revealed what is behind Knives and his strange pact against humanity, we can now understand why there was so much chaos and confusion from those broken guns. There was no real solution available. Becoming a tool might not be a bad option given the circumstances. To see them all betray humanity and each other now makes sense. And when I see that manifest itself through more betray in this volume, I began to gain an appreciation for Naitou's rough delivery.

Sure you have to go through two volumes or so to get the good stuff, but when it�s good I always feel I want more.


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