Monday, July 18, 2016
Review: MONSTER HUNTER: Flash Hunter Volume 2
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia
[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]
STORY: Keiichi Hikami
CARTOONIST: Shin Yamamoto
TRANSLATION: John Werry
ENGLISH ADAPTATION: Stan!
LETTERS: John Hunt, Primary Graphix
ISBN: 978-1-4215-8426-3; paperback (June 2016); Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”
224pp, B&W, $10.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K.
Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter is a 10-volume manga series written by Keiichi Hikami and drawn by Shin Yamamoto. Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter is based on Capcom's Monster Hunter video game series that was initially developed for the PlayStation 2.
Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter is set in an age when monsters rule the world: soaring through the sky, treading the earth, and filling the seas. These monsters have forced humanity to survive on the fringes, so people rely on a special kind of hero to defend them from danger – the Monster Hunters.
Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter, Vol. 2 (Chapters 8 to 15) finds our Monster Hunter trio: fledgling hunter, Raiga; veteran hunter, Keres; and hunter-scholar, Torche taking on a monster called a Rathian. Known as the “Queen of the Land,” this creature is nearly impossible to defeat. Can the Hunters stop a monster that can block out the sun? Plus, the trio reunite to defend a small village from a monster rampage, but Raiga will find that this mission has summoned someone from his past.
[This volume includes the bonus chapters “Another Hunter,” Story 2 and Story 3 and also “Monhun and Me.”]
The Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter manga is a comic book for fans of the Monster Hunter game... I guess. I don't think I had ever heard of the game before this manga. In fact, in spite of its “Teen” rating, I think that preteen readers will like this; it is not as if this manga (or at least this volume) contains material that is inappropriate for them.
Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter Volume 1 does offer a menagerie of interesting and fearsome-looking monsters. That is the one thing that attracts me to this manga because the characters are not doing much to interest me. Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter, however, does have potential. I can see the creative team getting more assured of what they are doing with each chapter.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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