BLACK CAT VOL, 8 (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On April - 30 - 2007

 

PUBLISHED BY:

 

VIZ MEDIA

 

ART/AUTHOR:

 

KENTARO YABUKI

 

 

FORMAT/COLOR:

 

JAPANESE FORMAT / BW

 

PAGES:

 

224

 

RATED:

 

T+

 

RELEASE DATE:

 

05/01/2007

 

REVIEW DATE:

 

04/30/2007

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

HOLLY ELLINGWOOD

 

 

 


Cerberus wants Creed and his Apostles, and they’re not above using thief extraordinaire Rinslet to get them! She’s been forced to team up with Jenos, but they get their big mission from Sephiria, head of the Chronos Numbers, personally. She makes Rinslet an offer Rinslet doesn’t dare refuse! But Rinslet was told she could ask for anything in return, and her request shocks even the stoic Sephiria! Hot on Creed’s trial, Rinslet and the Numbers close in on his hideout. The problem? Creed already knows they’re there! It’s Apostles versus Numbers in this latest thrilling volume of Black Cat! And Rinslet is caught in the middle! 

This is a shonen series that gets more exciting with every chapter. The animosity between the rival assassins, the Apostles and the Numbers, breaks into an incredible series of deadly battles and astonishing skills as they face off at Creed’s hideout. When Creed comes face-to-face with Rinslet, he’d better watch out if he hurts her. Sephiria has manipulated Train and his friends to be in the same town and deliberately leaks them information that will lead them to Creed. Just what is Sephiria trying to accomplish? And what will Creed’s plans be for Rinslet, or Train this time? All this and volume 8 is only nearing the halfway point of this exciting manga series.  

It really does know how to pack the action and the excitement to good effect, visuals and nail-biting suspense. This particular chapter especially is full of that suspense with almost everyone we’ve come to know in the series as a major player is currently and literally at each others’ throats. The art work does a fantastic job with the action, showing off the lethal skills of the various assassins to provide excellent, eye-catching and easy to follow visual sequences.

This volume also provides a unique bonus story. The author has included one of the earliest short stories about Train, created long before the manga series was published. It gives readers and fans the opportunity to see an early concept of the famous sweeper.

IN SUMMARY:
Black Cat is one of the top shonen series ever. Find out why in this volume as rival assassin teams battle it out and Train closes in on the man he wants to kill, not knowing Creed has his friend Rinslet in Creed’s murderous hands. Is Train’s tragic history about to repeat itself?

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