Story: JinJun Park
Art: JinJun Park
What They Say
Crossline’s secrets are gradually exposed as Detective Chris makes his escape from its headquarters on one front and Irel confronts its agents on another. Meanwhile, Lamia uncovers startling truths about her own origins. Is Crossline’s influence too complete to escape, or are Irel’s own abilities enough to undermine Crossline’s “messiah”?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After my luke-warm reception of the last volume I was really hoping that this volume would be a lot better and really grasp my interest and attention. That it has!
The volume covers more into Ian and his interactions with the different associations working under him to ‘deliver the world from evil’ and starts adding a lot of heavy Christian undertones that really put a good spin on things. The way Christian mythology is spun in here is kind of similar to how it was spun in Evangelion, except in this series it isn’t just symbols and names pieced together cause their ‘cool’, they actually have some meaning in the overall story. I really don’t want to spoil the revelation that we gather from these chapters so you’ll either have to guess or pick up the volume, but I will say that it is quite interesting and really got me interested and excited to see where the author takes the series as it continues.
The other portions of this volume include a fantastic action piece with Chris and Aileen that was very exciting to read. What made this part work for me was the panel work. No I am still not keen on the art style, it is still too white washed and light for my tastes, but the panel work stuck out in a big way. While flipping through the pages the author employs a myriad of panel shapes, sizes, and configurations that really gave off the feel of a Hollywood action movie. Each panel was a cut in the film moving you through the action, around the action, and in the action while maintaining a blistering pace that was very fun to watch.
The final chapter of the book pits Irel up against one of Ian’s follows (avoiding spoilers here) and joins up with S.I.S. operatives who see folly in Ian’s teachings. This leads to another great action piece where it is bad ass priests and operatives and a goblin and a werewolf fighting hordes of zombies!!! Never stooping to horror movie tropes JinJun Park simply uses these monsters as characters in a straight action piece that again was very fun and exciting to read.
Still not the greatest thing since sliced bread but now Raiders has my attention. It has my attention so much that my disagreement with the art style didn’t affect me in the slightest while reading this volume. I really hope that the series keeps up this pace and intrigue. I have to admit that I am a little scared though. The religious tones and implications created by the story have to tread very carefully because the climax of this series rests on whether the author can pull it off and make something memorable (or at least good) or totally drop the ball and negate everything the series would have done up to that point. I’ll be sticking around to find out though!
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: February 22nd, 2011