Fairy Tail, Vol. 50
As Natsu and Lucy attempt to rebuild Fairy Tail after a one year time skip, a new threat rears its head. The Avatar Black Magic Cult has appeared and is planning a ritual to summon Zeref. With Fairy Tail’s members separated and their fates unknown, who will be able to protect the world from this new danger? Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail, Vol. 50 ushers in a new age for the series!
HURRAY! It’s the big 50 for Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail! That’s a milestone any series should be proud to reach. It would be lovely if we could have celebrated with a jaw dropping volume and huge, shocking revelations, but sadly that’s not quite what we get here.
I was a little miffed by the time jump in the previous volume, but Mashima does a good job at making me forget about that complaint here with some nice moments that harken back to previous arcs and lingering subplots. Admittedly, the idea of another Zeref focused group so soon after the fantastic Tartarous story isn’t really lighting me on fire, but there are a few new twists here which could be interesting. In the past, moments of tension between the Fairy Tail crew have been few and far between. This volume offers quite a bit of set up that might change that and left me hoping that we’ll get a nice throw down between several members in the future. Sadly, I suspect the traditional shonen power of friendship and understanding will rob of us what could be some really nice character moments.
Hiro Mashima’s artwork continues to be sharp and polished and the action scenes we get do a fantastic job at showing off just how powerful Natsu’s become. This has always been one of Mashima’s strengths. He excels at large, impressive splash pages and double splash pages that highlight the impact of an attack, the scale of a blast, or the intensity of a blow.
Fairy Tail, Vol. 50 did a little to assuage my fears about this new arc. The twists and turns in the volume are interesting, but they didn’t quite blow me away or leave my jaw on the ground. Hopefully things will shape up as it goes along, but I can’t say that I’m terribly thrilled to see another group of evil mages trying to summon Zeref so soon after the last one.
Fairy Tail, Vol. 50 is available now from Kodansha Comics. Review volume provided by the publisher.