Compared to Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia series, Blame! is on a completely different level. The best way I could describe Blame! would be to call it Knights of Sidonia‘s visceral older brother. If all the death and destruction that was brought about in that series was up your alley, then Blame! volume 3 is going to take that one step further.
This volume continued the blood soaked path that our protagonists have experienced up until this point. It isn’t quite on the same level as something like Berserk but it still maintains it’s high level of violence throughout the entire book.
Despite the story in volume two, volume three took things in an interesting direction with the concept of time dilation and the possibility of other world lines. This adds a whole new element and perspective on what can possibly go on within this series. Meeting two different Cibos it makes you wonder if Killy’s from other world lines might come in and disrupt what is going on in the one we currently follow. This hasn’t been confirmed yet but I can’t imagine that this is out of the realm of possibility. All we can do is watch as Killy ascends through the different layers with Cibo.
I want to mention that I would have liked a little bit more time to learn more about Mensab and Seu. Despite being synthetic, they had a bit of depth that I would have liked more time to explore their past and relationship.
With the introduction of a whole new species (the silicon life), the new entities that reign over Toha Industries, and the chains of restrictions on Toha Heavy industries gone, the plot seems to have advanced in an unexpected way. If things were not moving before, then they certainly are now. My guess is a lot of time will be spent purely running from the Silicon Life and the safeguard. To top this off, we still don’t understand who Killy even is. The silicon life recognize him but made no mentions as to who he was before (since he apparently has memory loss). I know this will be explored further in future volumes, but I want to know and am just being impatient about it.
Personally, I really appreciate Tsutomu Nihei’s art style (from the story boarding, characters, details, to the backgrounds). However, there are a few moments where even I found it difficult to understand what had exactly transpired. This caused some confusion, which forced me to reread sections a few times over in order to fully grasp what had transpired in a particular scene. This is just something you have to deal with when reading his work. Considering this is my only real gripe with Blame! (at the few instances it happens), it says a lot about the overall quality of the product.
This volume was an amalgamation of violence, a ton of plot, a few interesting world building aspects, and creating potential for the future. I’m eager to discover what awaits our rag tag band of humans and two protagonists.
Publisher: Vertical Comics
Release Date: Mar 21, 2017
Disclaimer, a copy of Blame! volume 3 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.Tweet