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Berserk, Volume 1: The Black Swordsman
     

Berserk, Volume 1: The Black Swordsman

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by Kenturo Miura
 
Created by Kenturo 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

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Created by Kenturo 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.

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Publishers Weekly
This ultraviolent fantasy manga is the first in a series about a cursed lone wanderer with a tragic fate and a cast of bio-horror demons. Deserving its name, Berserk offers a montage of merciless violence and thrilling action sequences in a blend of pure fantasy and graphic horror. Set in a netherworld of a science fiction Dark Age, the story's antihero is the appropriately named Guts (he's shameless, relentless and all strength). Guts is on a quest to avenge a flesh-eating demon ruler and lift his demon curse. Guts carries the sign of the curse on his neck a mysterious brand that attracts evil demons, spirits and the undead. Armed with a massive sword and metal cannonball-shooting prosthetic arm, he maneuvers through a cast of oddities: a pus and blood fetus monster, a giant cobra and an Aliens-like biomechanical monster. They all plague him in nightmares and waking life. Anyone who interacts with Guts is doomed, too, as either his victim or the incidental sufferer of his demon adversaries, and he winds up leaving a trail of carnage in every direction. Guts's unlikely companion, Puck, is an androgynous, winged elf who possesses magic healing powers, and while Guts scoffs at the sprite, Puck proves to be an invaluable buddy. Published in Japan in 1989, this work has a style characteristic of other 1980s manga, with sparse dialogue, spectacular action sequences and gritty character art. The pencil shading and use of shadows lend an ominous tone, and the frenetic and intense pace make Berserk a strong addition to the fantasy-horror manga genre. (Dec. 2003) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593070205
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
11/18/2003
Series:
Berserk Series , #1
Edition description:
Not Appropriate For Children
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
36,804
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Berserk, Volume 1: The Black Swordsman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well that was a good start. I had seen the anime and....wow. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the series but figure why not. Might read the other volumes.
InvaderPat More than 1 year ago
the movies and anime series are super amazingly amazing and i cant wait to start reading this amazing manga series \m/ 
Marveled_Zark More than 1 year ago
The artwork is simply beatiful there is no equal. This is a story about a man who sololy surivived by his hatred of the evil in the world and his cquest for revenge for his falling comrades.
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Ryder13 More than 1 year ago
While this is a very graphic and violent horror story in a sense, it still manages to have a plot that keeps you reading more and more of it.
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exes_and_ohs More than 1 year ago
I watched the Berserk anime and HAD to read the manga that it was based on. This is the first manga that I've ever read, and I'm told that it's the best out there. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Berserk is about Guts, a mercenary soldier, who has no ties until he meets Griffith, the leader of a mercenary group. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even though this manga may sound like a blood-and-guts story (because it is) it still has an amazing story line that keeps you wanting more. (I'm on 33 waiting on 34.) I highly recommend this!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully violent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great manga The best I recommened it every one
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far, one of the greatest mangas ever created. Kentaro Miura is a true mastermind. I own all 26 volumes and plan to get 27 as soon as it's released. I recomend this title for any real otaku, except those who have a weak stomach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own up to volume 26 of berserk and it only gets better(i can read japanese). it goes back and tells his whole story and introduces the craziest monsters and demons. get them all they are my favorite manga
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was the greatest......i am definitely gonna get part 2 when it comes out in january....i would recommend it to all anime and manga fans....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first discovered Beserk by seeing the exellent anime, and now the manga comes along and is even better. This violent epic gives a great storyline along with interesting characters and intense action. This is possibly the most violent manga I have ever seen, and it is NOT for children, as it has very mature storylines. If you like things fom the action of fansasy genre, Berserk is a must have.