September 9, 2009
Kentaro Miura – Dark Horse – 2009 – 33+ volumes
In this volume, there’s a panel of all the people in Guts’ group reacting in open-mouthed shock when his armor activates and he slices a gigantic demon in two with his sword. It’s how everyone should look all the time whenever Guts is fighting. It’s my favorite panel in the entire series.
Almost as good is a passage at the end when Guts’ group gets to a town where mercenary soldiers gather. Serpico explains who all the armies are and their strengths and weaknesses, then he and Guts get into a discussion about the mercenary soldiers. Since absolutely nobody in the group knows who Guts is, Serpico then begins to talk about how great the Band of the Hawk mercenary group is rumoured to be. Isidro jumps in with his approval, then says his favorite member is the captain. Guts says nothing, but waves away the admiration in a cartoonish way with his back to Isidro. Hilariously, Puck is the only one who knows Guts’ past, though Farnese suspects a connection to Griffith and the Band of the Hawk since she’s heard him speak the name. Puck says nothing thorough this sequence, though I’m having a hard time remembering just how much Puck knows. I’m pretty sure he knows quite a bit, if not everything.
The other thing I’m growing to appreciate is the fact that Griffith is strengthing his army with the strongest undead and enchanted warriors that can be produced. They are all flocking to him and fighting in his name. Guts seems to be taking them down with the help of a dead witch’s armor, a ghost, a couple elves, and a group of women and children. In any other series, this would be quite comical. It’s a little comical here. I want to see them succeed so badly.
I’m very much looking forward to Elfhelm, but I suspect that is still very very far in the future. Sigh.