Black Clover, Vol. 8

Black Clover, Vol. 8 - Yuki Tabata 4 stars

Art for battle sequences was kind of sloppy, but this was still a fun read

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The battle in the underwater temple rages on! The Eye of Midnight Sun appeared abruptly on the scene, in the form of Vetto. Part of a group of powerful magic users known as the Third Eye, this guy is Trouble! Can any of our intrepid heroes stand against him?!

And the answer to that is – it doesn’t look like it! This entire volume is one big fight scene. The art for the battle sequences is a bit sloppy, and I had to give extra attention to some panels in order to understand what the heck was going on. There are so many speed lines, and explosive effects, and screen tone in general that the panels are cluttered and difficult to understand. This is the first time in the series that I’ve really felt out of my depth, and therefore distanced from the action.

Getting back to the story, I really enjoyed it. Most of the Black Bulls who traveled to the temple, as well as their new temple priest buddies, are drawn into this impossible fight. Yami and the high priest are trapped by the high priest’s spatial magic, and can’t leave until the contest is over. Oh, noes!! How can the Black Bulls emerge victorious with their strongest fighter, as well as their mentor and leader, trapped outside of the battle?

Things look really, really grim, as one by one, the Black Bulls are defeated. Then Asta, Noelle, Kahono, Vanessa, and Finral make their last stand. And it’s a doozy. Asta’s never say die attitude rallies the troops, but for how long? I was excited to see Noelle’s powers on display, as desperation makes her let loose – finally! Will they beat Vetto? I don’t know for sure, but make sure that you have volume 9 near at hand to find out!

Grade: 4 stars