Black Lagoon 7

July 17, 2009

Rei Hiroe – Viz – 2009 – 9+ volumes

The crazy maid arc continues with lots and lots and lots of exposition.  Her family came to town looking for her, and she came to town to blow up what appears to be some form of the US Government.  Because getting America involved in Roanapur would be very bad, there are people that want to stop her.  There are also people that want her dead very badly.  And there are people that want to stop anything at all from going down.  So a lot of the bosses are called together to try and figure out what the intentions are around town.

Meanwhile, for some reason, Rock is called in by the head of the Triad to assist the maid’s family in finding her.  I have no idea what Rock’s special power is here besides speaking civilly and getting Revy to both act nice and stand up for him, but he’s running around trying to fix things, with everyone telling him he’s nuts.

There’s an amazing, loaded scene between Rock and Revy at the end of the volume.  Not really romantic, just incredibly loaded.  I’ve only read three volumes of this series, but I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but I knew the series would turn on it if it did.  It was pretty awesome, and subtle in a way I wouldn’t have expected.  Very nice.

I’ve got a pretty good handle on the way the series works and who the characters are and their roles, and I’m still not entirely convinced this isn’t more than a couple notches above average, but maybe that’s just because there was no action in this volume.  With this much exposition, I would expect there to be lots of violence and action in all the right doses (read: like, ridiculously high) next volume.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

3 Responses to “Black Lagoon 7”

  1. ZeroSD Says:

    – I have no idea what Rock’s special power is here besides speaking civilly and getting Revy to both act nice and stand up for him, but he’s running around trying to fix things, with everyone telling him he’s nuts.-

    Speaking civilly is a surprisingly good special power. There’s not a lot of people in Roanapur who are good at diffusing violence.

  2. Connie Says:

    I suspected that might be it, even though I was sort of joking when I wrote that. It seemed to fit more and more as I thought about it, especially after seeing how everyone else seemed to go about getting what they wanted.


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