Berserk 1 - Kentaro Miura (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9781593070205
Department
Books
Released
4 Nov 2003
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Kentaro Miura
Kenturo Miura
Jason Deangelis
Kentaro Miura (Illustrator)
Kenturo Miura (Illustrator)
Dan Nakrosis
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Diamond Comic Distributors
Series
Berserk (Graphic Novels)
Volume
1
Language
English
Number of Pages
224
Dimensions
178 x 127 x 19mm (211g)

Annotation

Guts, the Black Swordsman, is marked with the Brand, which draws the forces of evil to him, but, with a gigantic sword and an elf companion, Guts battles the damned with a vengeance.

Summary

Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is manga mayhem to the extreme - violent, horrifying, and mercilessly funny - and the wellspring for the internationally popular anime series. Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Berserk asks for no quarter - and offers none!
His name is Guts, the Black Swordsman, a feared warrior spoken of only in whispers. Bearer of a gigantic sword, an iron hand, and the scars of countless battles and tortures, his flesh is also indelibly marked with The Brand, an unholy symbol that draws the forces of darkness to him and dooms him as their sacrifice. But Guts won't take his fate lying down; he'll cut a crimson swath of carnage through the ranks of the damned - and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him! Accompanied by Puck the Elf, more an annoyance than a companion, Guts relentlessly follows a dark, bloodstained path that leads only to death...or vengeance.

Fiction

General Subject
Graphic Novels
BISAC Subject 1
Comics & Graphic Novels / General
Academic Subject 1
Graphic Works Fiction
Dewey Classification
741.5/952

Customer Reviews

Who is the Black Swordsman, and why does he hunt the demonic Apostles?

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Berserk is the tale of Guts, the Black Swordsman, a warrior with a sword as large as he is, an automatic crossbow, an iron arm, and a quest to hunt down the Apostles, demonic beings with otherworldly power.

Set in a fictional medieval European country, Berserk is best classified as a dark fantasy horror, with castles, knights, and demonic monstrosities abound. Penned by the award-winning manga artist, Kentaro Miura, Berserk was first published in 1989, making it one of the longest running ongoing manga to date.
What sets Berserk apart from its contemporaries, besides the great storytelling and dark tone, is the fantastic artwork that Miura brings to this story. Every panel on every page is drawn with incredible detail, so much so that you'd think you were paging through an art collection instead of a comic book. From the breathtaking backgrounds to the hellish imagery of the Apostles, Berserk is truly a sight to behold.

But be warned: as great a story as Berserk is, the content is NOT for sensitive readers. The line that divides good and evil are very blurred in Guts's quest to kill the Apostles, and many innocent lives are taken for the sole reason of "being in the wrong place at the wrong time". Graphic violence, nudity, and explicit depictions of rape and torture are the norm in this dark world, and politics and even religion are treated in a very nihilistic fashion. It would be a mistake to read Berserk and not be aware of the dark themes the story deals with. Viewer discretion is HEAVILY advised.

But if you have the stomach for these things, and are looking for a great medieval fantasy horror, then Berserk will definitely not disappoint. The characters are all fleshed out with their own back-stories and motivations, and there is no shortage of intrigue as Guts's tale slowly unfolds; and you’ll discover that, despite his harsh and often cruel nature, Guts may be more vulnerable than any of the tortured souls he comes across on his journey .