Today's post is on Hellsing volume 1 by Kohta Hirano. It is 204 pages long and is published by Dark Horse Manga. The cover is red and black with the main character on it. The intended reader is someone who likes dark humor, vampires, and high action plots. There is some language, implied sexuality, and lots of violence in this book and series. The story is told from a third person omniscient perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- There's a secret organization in England created to defend the Queen and country from monsters of all sorts. Enter Hellsing, an agency, long in tooth, with the experience, know-how, and ...er... equipment to handle the problems that arise when vampires, ghouls, and the like that clamber from the darkness. "What equipment?" you may ask. How about another vampire, souped by generations of study and refinement, armed with a big pistol loaded with special silver bullets? That oughta do the trick. But what really knocks 'em dead is the sharp wit, awesome artwork, and crazy, bloody action that make up the manga. The night is dark, but at least those creepy anti-heroes from Hellsing can make light of it.
Review- This is a very funny and bloody retelling of Dracula. The action is very intense but the dialog is pretty funny. The story has some interesting elements like how vampires are made, what they can do, and good history. Add in some crazy catholic priest with a kill them all mindset and your are in for a good time. The artwork does not impress me but it does fit the series. Victoria Seras the one that the reader will follow into this world. Alucard turns her into a vampire at the beginning of the story and she is how we are going to understand the world. A very interesting and good start to a series.
I give this manga a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.