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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Vol. 3-4 Paperback – February 14, 2015
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“Various genre elements are stretched to their limits, and then woven into an engaging, imaginative story.” ―ANIME NEWS NETWORK
About the Author
Satoshi Mizukami is a Japanese artist best known as the creator of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, Sengoku Youko, and most recently Spirit Circle. He has provided a one-shot story for the Trigun: Multiple Bullets anthology released by Dark Horse.
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Now, for the story itself. If you look back to my review of the previous omnibus, you can see that I am a huge fan of the creator's writing and artwork, with special emphasis on his good command of pacing and composition. None of that changes from the previous collection to this one. Here in volumes 3 and 4, the series takes some time to deal with the repercussions of the final chapters of volume 2, then steps back a few paces from the main storyline to introduce the remaining Beast Knights and establish their character. The new Knights, singly or in pairs, get a chapter or two each to show how they came into the fight and why. One in particular is left out, but he can't be set up so simply. He'll get his chance in time.
Probably the greatest weakness is that, when characters are paired together in their backstories, one tends to take the lead and the other suffers slightly in their shadow. Hanako is a bit flat compared to Taro, and the Master overshadows Yuki and Subaru (but then, the Master would overshadow anyone). Everyone is also, by necessity, a bit light in detail compared to our leading man and lady since they had to be introduced in rapid succession. Still, everyone is likable and fun, with good chemistry that makes their development into comrades and fast friends believable. Mikazuki deserves particular attention, as he's everything and yet nothing like what he seems. He's one of the best of the "secondary" main cast.
And that is a lot of words to say that really I just love this series.
Also? We get to meet the Mage.