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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 1-5930-7881-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Trigun Maximum

Trigun Maximum Vol. #12

By Ben Leary     May 21, 2008
Release Date: January 30, 2008


Trigun Maximum Vol.#12
© Dark Horse


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yasuhiro Nightow
Translated by:Matthew Johnson
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
With a fleet of rescue ships from Earth facing off against Knives, the humans in chaos on the ground, Livio renewing his struggle against Elendira, and Vash trying to keep everyone from getting hurt, Trigun Maximum promises a dizzying array of action. But in the midst of this multiple-front battle, Yasuhiro Nightow flashes back to the past, letting readers in on some background information on Knives, Vash and even Legato Bluesummers.

The Review
Trigun has been a bumpy ride from the beginning. I can't always tell what's going on. I don't always follow the ideas that propell the story. But somehow that doesn't keep me from being glued to the pages. Now nearing the end, it's as bumpy as ever - but the speed increases almost with every scene. And so does the intensity. This volume contains some of the most gruesome and disturbing imagery yet.

If there's anything Trigun has in spades it's hard-hitting visuals, and the subject matter in this volume gives Nightow plenty of room to throw his punches. The relief ships from earth have arrived, giving Knives a new threat to deal with - or, perhaps, a new weapon to wield. Meanwhile the federal troops and the panicked citizens below have their cards to play. The insurance girls even get a piece of the action. Their near-absence during a few previous volumes made me realize how nice it was to have them around. This time they get one of their best moments yet. But in the end everything hangs upon a single one-on-one duel. Vash the Stampede faces Millions Knives - not as the humanoid typhoon, not as the champion of humanity, not even as a brother, but as a simple gunman. This is the stuff of legend. Never has the western setting seemed more fitting or been more effective.

What makes the duel all the more potent is that we finally see for ourselves the tragedy that started it all, the injustice that drove a wedge between the two towering figures fighting above the earth. Nightow has always excelled at making his fight scenes about something, and this is the one that all the previous fights were leading up to. We not only get to see a new event from the characters' backstory, we also get to see what Vash and Knives have taken away from the experiences we already knew about. The drama is every bit as intense as the action.

A book as action-heavy as this one doesn't always make for complex discussion, but it does in this case make for very good reading. After all, sometimes nothing can beat a little deep space planet future gun action. This penultimate volume of Trigun is like a runaway train gathering speed. If the next volume can live up to the expectations set here, and indeed, throughout the series, then this story is going to end with a bang, not a whimper.

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