Wednesday, November 5, 2014

[BOOK REVIEW] Black Cat: Coming Through! Volume 17 by Kentaro Yabuki

Title:  Black Cat:  Coming Through!  Volume 17

Author:  Kentaro Yabuki

Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime

Year Published: 2008

Year Read: 2014

Series: Black Cat #17

Publisher: VIZ Media

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 10+ (Drug Use)

Man, I am just breezing through Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series like crazy and this series just continues to get better every time I read each volume!  Well, Train and the gang continue to fight their way through Creed’s secret hideout in this volume, “Black Cat Volume 17: Coming Through” and things just get even more intense than ever before!

After Train and River’s battle with Shiki, they finally enter Creed’s secret hideout and they meet up with Eve and Kevin. Once there, they also have a brief meeting with Creed who then decides to kill Train due to the fact that Train changed his goal from avenging Saya’s death to just capturing Creed as a member of the Sweeper Alliance.  Later on, Train, River, Eve and Kevin met up with two other members of the Sweeper Alliance, who happened to be mind-controlled by the Doctor in fighting Train and the gang!

Can Train and the gang risk defeating their alliances and what kind of sick game is the doctor playing?

Read this volume to find out!

What can I say?  Kentaro Yabuki has done it again with creating interesting scenarios for the character development for the characters, especially with the development of both Train and Eve.  It is amazing to see how much both Train and Eve changed from their original appearances and how their goals in life had changed during the course of this series!  The fact that Train changed his goals from going after Saya’s murderer with vengeance to just arresting Creed as a Sweeper shows how much character development Train went through in this series as he is now trying to be more calm about the situation with Creed and it seems that he realizes that going after Creed in anger is not going to help Saya.  I also loved the way that Eve continues to improve her powers over the course of the series as it was interesting seeing the different ways she uses her powers and the fact that she is much more confident about her powers in the later volumes than in the earlier volumes.  I really enjoyed the interactions shown between Train, River, Eve and Kevin since before the Sweeper Alliance arc, we had only seen interactions between Train, Eve and Sven and it was nice seeing them interact with other characters besides themselves.  I am also getting more interested in the Doctor’s character as he was mostly a mysterious background character in the previous volumes and it was great that we are starting to see his techniques unfold a bit in this volume. Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork is always gorgeous to look at and I always loved the way that the characters’ expressions are drawn, especially whenever a big fight is going on and you can see the stress and intensity on their faces during the fighting sequences!


Even though this volume is not as violent as the previous volumes, there are some instances of characters being injected with drugs against their will that would frighten some of the readers, so readers beware.

Overall, “Black Cat Volume 17: Coming Through!” is another fantastic volume that really opens up surprising moments for the characters and will surely pave a clear path to the final battle between Train and Creed!

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