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Wolfsmund, Vol. 6

Time for another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at Mitsuhisa Kuji’s Wolfsmund, Vol. 6 from Vertical Comics, but first some news…

And now, onto the featured review of Wolfsmund, Vol. 6!

Wolfsmund, Vol. 6Wolfsmund, Vol. 6
by Mitsuhisa Kuji
Vertical Comics, 176 pp
Rating: 16 +

Set in the 1300s, Mitsuhisa Kuji’s Wolfsmund is the retelling of the William Tell legend and the Swiss people’s battle for independence from Hapsburg rule. Specifically it focuses in on the castle guarding a mountain pass known as the Wolfsmund, ruled by the cruel and sadistic Wolfram. For six volumes he’s stood in the way of all those who would pass through his gates and has taken life after life, until now. Walter, the son of the Swiss folk hero William Tell, faces off against Wolfram in the dungeons beneath Wolfsmund as the united Swiss forces lay siege to the castle..

This is my first experience with this series and it doesn’t disappoint. The book opens with a fantasic knife fight which ultimately leads to the defeat and rather brutal and grizzly demise of who I understand to be the series primary antagonist for the previous five volumes. It’s a shocking turn to be sure and not just because of the way in which he’s finally dispatched (hint: the back cover quote is fairly literal), but because it then leads to a lengthy look at the general Swiss uprising, showing them celebrating their first victory before they begin sweeping into other castles and areas ruled by Hapsburgs. While this volume feels more like the capstone to a story arc, the events within were horrifying and intriguing enough to keep me reading despite not really knowing what was going on.

A page from Wolfsmund, Vol. 6

Just a sample of Mitsuhisa Kuji’s wonderful fight scenes.

Mitsuhisa Kuji was apparently one of Kentaro Mimura’s assistants on Berserk and it’s easy to see why! She does an amazing job at handling the large battle scenes, making them both coherent and exciting to watch. The clearness of what’s going on and the different tactics used by each side, however brief they may be in this volume, is a thrill and has me wanting to see more of these from her. If that wasn’t enough, the one-on-one confrontation between Walter and Wolfram is every bit as much fun and clear without sacrificing excitement or intensity in the process. Mitsuhisa Kuji’s style employs quite a bit of thatching which is something I’m always fond of and her designs are clean and full of straight lines and angles which makes me think more of Western comics than manga. It’s really lovely and quite different from much of what’s coming out in the U.S. at the moments and I like that a lot. The backgrounds, clothing and more all look fantastic and do an amazing job at conveying the era Wolfsmund is set in, they help immerse you in the world of the story.

Wolfsmund, Vol. 6 is clearly a bad jumping on point, but that doesn’t obscure the fact that I’ve been missing out on what seems like a rather bleak and beautifully put together series. Between the gorgeous art and the meticulously detailed action scenes I’m really left wondering why I’ve slept on the series so long before now? While the violence and gore may turn off some folks, those that brave will find a rather intriguing series about a turbulent time in European history that looks absolutely fantastic.

Wolfsmund, Vol. 6 is available now from Vertical Comics. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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