BLACK CAT VOL. 18

Posted On January - 8 - 2009
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:  

KENTARO YABUKI

  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:  

T+

  RELEASE DATE:  

01/06/2009

  REVIEW DATE:   01/07/2008
  REVIEWED BY:   MARGARET VIERA



Train Heartnet and Eve have a problem.  They’re trapped in a world where anything can happen and will!  This world happens to be the manifestation of Creed’s spokesman, Doctor’s, Tao power.  He can manipulate anything within it, creating nightmares of pain and betrayal.  He nearly succeeds with one of them, while the other has help to get out of their situation.  The help does come from an unexpected source!

Meanwhile, Sven beats down every soldier of Creed that gets in his way, using his usual means of defense, guns.  He gets a surprise and a half when Train and Eve fall out of nowhere, and end up right in front of him!  Train tells him the whole story about how they got out of Doctor’s warp world alive and well.  Some of the story is unbelievable, but Sven had a similar experience so he believes what he hears.  They bust up a couple more soldiers, and somehow gain a guide to lead them to Creed.  Can they really trust the guide?

While all this is happening, former colleagues of Train’s, the Chrono numbers, move in.  They have used the cover of the Sweeper’s Alliance attack to mount one of their own.  Lin Shaolee, number X, helps four sweepers, two of which are badly hurt, to escape the mansion and get medical help.  The curious thing is that Lin has met these sweepers before, but in disguise.  Not one of them recognizes him, but one is curious, because Lin knows their names.  Lin’s weapon is finally revealed as well.  The leader, Sephiria Arks, goes up against Creed.  Will she win or will she have to give her life for the cause of stopping Creed?

The art, of course, is wonderful and detailed, showing the seriousness when necessary, and the fun when needed.  The look on Sven’s face when Train and Eve appear out of nowhere is priceless!  It’s like the look on anyone’s face when something beyond surprising happens!  Also, the way the characters are drawn really shows their personalities perfectly.

As the final battle approaches, things start to become more obvious, one of them being how strong Train, Sven and Eve really are.  This is a definite not to be missed volume!


IN SUMMARY:
The fight continues to intensify as everyone prepares for the final fight with Creed in this latest volume of Black Cat!

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