Manga Review: Black Clover Vol. 28

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Title: black clover Flight. 28
Author: Yuki Tabata
Editor: VizMedia
Language: English
Format: Brooch
Pages: 192
Kind: Shounen, Battle
Publication date: February 1, 2022

The story

Asta has progressed so far in his training that Nacht is ready to go into battle!!

…by himself.

While Asta and his devil have performed the union, it’s clear that Asta hasn’t mastered it at all yet. Nacht orders him to stay to work on this while he goes on to begin the operation to eliminate the Dark Triad.

After a little pep talk and boastful comments from the other magic knights, we go into battle that encompasses the entirety of the rest of the volume. Despite this, we learn of a new character by the name of Morris… a scholar of magic who left Spade’s kingdom and now assists the Dark Triad.

The fights against Dante, Zenon, and Vanica are just demonstrations to show how our characters have been powering up lately. With the Dark Triad reeling, Morris unveils his trump card and all hell breaks loose. So much so that Julius, the Witch King himself ends up showing up for battle, but he’s not alone!

Just when we all predicted, Asta in his newly mastered Union form appears and now the tide of battle has turned…which will likely end in Volume 29!

Characters

The name of the game here as far as development is concerned is power-ups. Once again, black clover ends up taking the typical shonen battle manga cycle of introducing a powerful enemy that seems nearly impossible to defeat, then powering up the characters so they can defeat them. Everyone here shows impressive growth and of course Asta also does well to be able to master the union ability with his devil, Liebe.

Apart from that we have our new character Morris who was the head mana seeker for the Spade Kingdom who found a new and better home with the Dark Triad. He’s sort of their mad scientist and helped prepare for the gate to open. In fact, he was revealed to be somewhat of a catalyst to speed up the whole process. His introduction came out of left field a bit; however, it adds an unpredictable dynamic and breaks the whole “beat the strong guys and win” mentality. I mean… that mentality is still there but the goal isn’t as simple as it used to be.

Final Thoughts

There really isn’t much to say about this volume. It’s an action-packed battle volume and if you’re this far into the series, you know what to expect. Powerful enemies, powerful attacks, power-ups, everyone shouting their attack so they can announce it to the world, and a late appearance from the main character to even the odds when the going gets tough.

Morris was a decent addition to add some new dynamic to the fight, but when Asta came in, we went back to the typical “get stronger and beat the strong guy” phase of the battle. If the story of this series teaches us anything, it’s that the battle will end and we’ll have the epilogue and setup for the next story arc next volume…or…option 2…something will happen that will cause the battle to escalate even further and we’ll end up dealing with fast-paced, action-packed reads for the next two books.

Either way, it promises to be a fun ride!

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This article was provided for review by Viz Media

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