|Manga-ka: Kentaro Yabuki
Rating: Older Teen (16+)
Released: May 2008Synopsis: “Glin, a mysterious information broker, is forming a Sweeper Alliance in order to destroy Creed and the Apostles of the Stars. He invites Train, Eve and Sven to join their group. But even if this motley crew can locate the Apostles’ hiding place, will they be able to survive the perilous journey to get there?”
Starting the book off with a bang, Train must finish his battle against fellow sweeper, River, in exchange for information about finding Creed. Both Train and River are given the information by Glin, an informant with a mysterious history, who plans to form a team of the best sweepers in order to defeat Creed. Eve and Train need to work together to decipher the information and join up with this new group. Meanwhile, Sven continues his training to master his eye’s abilities to glimpse the future so he’ll be of help when the great battle finally comes about.
Volume fourteen is a pretty steady book, progressing at a nice pace and working the story towards the climatic next confrontation with Creed and his Apostles of the Stars. Train and Eve remain centre stage, as Sven makes only momentary appearances during his training, and it’s a good opportunity for the two, and the readers, to get more accustomed to them working together. The lead cast remains interesting and vibrant, even if this particular volume doesn’t have as much time for witty banter and interaction.
The end of the book introduces several new characters as Glin’s mix-matched team of sweepers is brought together. Judging from character designs alone, it wasn’t hard to guess which ones wouldn’t be lasting long. The team makes their way to Creed’s hiding place only to find themselves immediately under attack, making for a fairly dramatic end chapter leading up to an action-packed next volume.
Start to finish, volume fourteen is another well-balanced release in this shonen action series complete with a smooth and clean translation job by Viz. A well-structured story with excellent artwork continues to make Black Cat a shonen title worth the time and money you spend on it.