Story/Art: Mitsuhisa Kuji
Translation/Adaptation: Ko Ransom
What They Say
It is the 14th Century and as the Swiss begin to initiate their movements toward independence a fortress in the Alps known as the Wolfsmund continues to strike fear amongst the German and Italian communities that dare threaten Hapsburg (Austrian) rule!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As the Bailiff is forced to abandon his defenses and draw deeper into the Wolf’s Maw, the rebels cheer their progress. However, it comes at a great cost, every step of the way. Before each step into a new section of Wolfsmund, the rebels must overcome traps that require immense sacrifice to trip and then dismantle. This is one of the most appealing aspects of this series; examinations of medieval torture sprinkled with the author’s own creativity.
Greek fire, volleys of crossbow darts, pitfall traps, all stages that have to be surpassed if the rebels hope to reach the Bailiff before the Duke’s reinforcements arrive. This puts the pressure on the rebels as they don’t have the time to starve out the Bailiff and his men. However, the rebels seem more than willing to sacrifice themselves to destroy the Bailiff and Wolfsmund. Even leaders of the rebels are willing to blow themselves up to knock a hole into a portcullis so their soldiers can stream into the next section of the fortress.
With three of the four sections of Wolfsmund cleared by the rebels and no Bailiff, the final section must hold the fortress’s demon. Unfortunately for the rebels, this last Wing also houses the Bailiff’s personal quarters and a bevy of traps and clever architectural designs to protect Wolfmund’s keepers. But Walter isn’t having it. The son of Wilhelm Tell refuses to give up, even if it means he has to scale 40 feet of wall to reach a window into the Bailiff’s wing, all while dodging crossbows. But through it all, do the rebels have any chance of defeating Wolfsmund and capturing the Bailiff, all before the Duke arrives?
It is good not to give up on a series too early. While I appreciated the theme and art for this series, the constant killing of the secondary and even primary characters in the first three volumes had me seriously questioning if I should keep going. I have nothing against high death counts, but the author kept killing the main characters. Well, aside from the hated Bailiff of Wolfsmund. Through all this, I couldn’t find any character to latch on to and it made it difficult to become attached to the series.
Luckily, sticking with this series has bore fruit as Walter Tell and his lady bodyguard have managed to survive a couple volumes of this series and numerous battles as the rebels manage to storm Wolfsmund. Now, can they survive the final faceoff with the Bailiff himself?
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Vertical, Inc.
Release Date: August 2014