I’m not writing the summaries for Black Lagoon volumes six and seven anymore. Now, it’s not because I’m lazy or anything, but I noticed that they have already been scanlated. Whatever, saves me work anyway.
What you all will get instead is a, brief for now, impression of Black Lagoon volume one by VIZ.
I was pretty torn between keeping the book sealed and removing the wrapping. After mulling it over for almost a week, my inner critic won the battle. Okay, let’s get down to business.
The fronter cover is left untouched except for some minor text and positional adjustments. Comparison is below.
The art is completely unedited from what I can tell at this point. All the blood is still there. I’ll being doing a more comprehensive read-through when I have the time so consider the evaluation in this category subject to change.
A quick flip shows the language being pretty damn foul. The word “shit” seems to be a staple to the dialogue, and f-bombs are dropped continuously by characters without hesitation. There are some occasions where the English in the original Japanese publication is put through a font change, although why that happened is anyone’s guess. Again, I’ll be going through the book for a more complete impression, so consider this category also subject to change.
I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of the volume end extra. Truthfully, I didn’t expect this. A nice touch by VIZ.
At almost $16 a book, perhaps justified by its physically larger size in comparison to the standard size of North American releases, this is a hefty investment for a single volume. But I’m inclined to say it’s totally worth the money.
Okay, that’s it for now. A more completely impression will be posted when I have to time to write it up.