Reading Level: Teen+
Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 12th volume in the Black Butler series
Rating: 4/5 stars
This was another spectacular volume in the Black Butler series. This has remained a consistently very well done manga series that is incredibly entertaining and keeps the reader guessing.
Ciel and Elizabeth (and crew) are aboard a cruiseliner bound for the Americas. Ciel has been charged by the Queen to check out the mysterious Phoenix society. The Phoenix Society seems to have found a way to reanimate the dead without a soul being present. Lots of undead on a cruise ship with a lot of people and a looming iceberg…nope nothing is going to go wrong here…
This volume was spectacularly gory and just absolutely everything you want in a plotline consisting of a crazy zombie infested cruiser. We get some excellent action scenes with Sebastian and find out that the women of Elizabeth’s family (including Elizabeth) have some mad fighting skills of their own and belong to a secret society of their own as well.
Additionally we get to meet a new Reaper who wields…of all things…a lawnmower (oh yes, homage to Dead Alive). There is also some Titanic story woven in here (looming iceberg…huge ship….you see where this is going…).
This was an incredibly fun and entertaining read with a ton of action. I was absolutely riveted to this book. The illustration remains absolutely amazing
Overall just another incredible addition to this absolutely spectacular manga series. I think this has got to be my favorite manga series of all time. Highly recommended to those who enjoy paranormal manga with some demonic action.