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The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3

The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3
By Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

The Sins continue their quest to aid Princess Elizabeth in freeing the Kingdom of Brtiannia from the rule of the Holy Knights. Following the skullduggery and chaos of the previous volume, our intrepid heroes add yet another Sin to their group as they “rescue” Ban from his long captivity. After leaving a trail of wreckage in their wake, the group attempts to lay low only to find themselves being hunted by an unexpected opponent… one of their own! Nakaba Suzuki’s shonen fantasy series trucks on with The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3.

Much of The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3 is spent exploring the past relationship of two of the newly introduced Sins. Ban, a pretty boy with a dark edge that Meliodas had been attempting to rescue in the previous volume, and King, a youngster with a real hate on for Ban. The backstory between Ban and King dominates this volume and that’s not a bad thing at all. Their friendship gone bad is fairly compelling and throws an interesting obstacle into Meliodas and Elizabeth’s long term goal of reuniting the Sins. On top of that, it helps make them the most interesting and compelling characters in the series so far! Meliodas has been a fairly bland lead, and the rest of the cast has felt a tad one note as well, but when Nakaba brings King’s vendetta into the tale things start to liven up quite a bit. One can only hope that Ban and King’s conflict isn’t the result of a misunderstanding or resolved quickly and then swept under the rung, as the tension between the two could add some much needed bite to the series.

Page form The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3

K, is that you?

Nakaba’s artwork continues to be the highlight of this series. It’s wonderfully detailed and his use of thatching adds a nice sense of texture to the artwork. Clothes, armor and the backgrounds all look like they have a weight and solidness to them which is often lacking in manga and comics. Nakaba’s artwork, while a bit more detailed than some, isn’t so realistic that the cartoonish over reactions and over the top action scenes feel out of place or forced. This is probably helped by the fact that one of the main characters is a talking pig. Once you get readers used to that, the more cartoonish aspects feel natural and don’t stand out as much. The character designs are certainly eye catching and Nakaba uses a wide variety of body designs and clothing to help set each character apart. While most of them certainly feel at home within the fantasy setting I couldn’t help but think that Ban’s design was surprisingly anachronistic for the series. He looks less like a fantasy character and more like K from the popular King of Fighters game franchise with his white hair and leather outfit. The action scenes are another highlight of the series, especially the few times we get to see Ban and King clash, they easily steal the show and hopefully set the bar for the rest of the series battles to follow.

The Seven Deadly Sins is a pretty ok shonen series. Outside of the artwork though, there’s nothing that really sets it apart from the dozens of other shonen series already out there. It’s interesting to note that the series seems to represent something of a trend from Kodansha Comics as it’s the fourth medieval/western fantasy-esque series they’re currently releasing (Arslan, Fairy Tail and Vinland Saga are the other three). While I don’t think it’s quite as good as the other series, it is a lovely looking book that sticks close enough to the formula that it’s bound to appeal shonen fans.

The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 3 is available now from Kodansha Comics. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  1. January 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm

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