Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Length: 232 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Stand Alone or Series: 32nd volume in the Berserk series
Rating: 4/5 stars
“Guts, the Black Swordsman, joins forces with a most unlikely ally, the fiendish Nosferatu Zodd, in a desperate attempt to defeat the Kushan emperor’s malevolent astral form. But Griffith, Guts’ former commander and friend reborn as a demonic lord of the Godhand, has plans of his own for the emperor, and for Midland itself. Guts and his companions’ only hope is to reach the promised safety of the elf Puck’s homeland, Elfhelm, but if Griffith and the emperor turn their attention back to this motley band of travelers, there may be nowhere left for Guts and crew to hide!”
This is the 32nd volume in the Berserk series. In this volume Guts and Zodd form an unlikely alliance in order to defeat the apostle that is the Kushan Emperor; they are finally able to board the ship and leave Vritannis.
Meanwhile the Kushen forces set upon the Holy See Knights. Just as the Knights are about to be defeated the Band of the Hawk (lead by Griffith) rushes in to save the day. We find out Griffith and Princess Charlotte are betrothed and Griffith is proclaimed the Hawk of LIght buy His Holiness.
Then we go back to the ship with Guts and crew. Lady Farsand is receiving more magic lessons from Schrieke on how to project her body into the astral plane.
Illustration continues to be well done. I don’t like the Berserk volumes that spend the majority of their time on the Kushan/Midland war as much as those that focus on Guts and the adventure he is going on. I feel like things are getting a bit too drawn out here and that the story isn’t moving forward as quickly as it was in previous volumes.
Overall this was another good installment in the Berserk series. Things are moving a bit slower these last couple volumes and I am curious to see where the story is heads. I would recommend this whole series to those who enjoy action-packed fantasy-horror manga.