Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volumes 3 and 4 Manga Reviews
Volumes 3 and 4 of “Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire” continue to deliver plenty of fast paced action.
Taking place where volume 2 left off, the third volume of writer/artist Naoki Serizawa’s “Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire” is largely a character centric installment that delves into some pivotal backstory involving Nanan and Bindi’s friendship, the Nanan tragedy, and the corrupt Marhawa Academy. In the present, we find Ricky and a student (Quan) getting caught up in some chaotic and bloody revenge courtesy of Nanan and Bindi.
Volume 3 (which contains chapters 16-21) is easily the best and most eventful to date. Not only does it contain plenty of gruesome zombie action (and even some character deaths), but Serizawa also offers up plenty of enticing plot moments. It was particularly satisfying to learn what is really going on at the Academy while also getting more tidbits about the hooded woman and the “test subjects.”
In terms of the art, Serizawa continues to churn out consistent and reliable work. The action is always detailed and the character models are as sharp as can be. The same can be said for his work in volume 4.
Speaking of volume 4, the members of B.S.A.A. (Chris, Piers, and Merah) at long last arrive at Marhawa Academy in this manga! Unfortunately, they arrive a bit too late as the chaos and loss of life is catastrophic (especially for our hero Ricky). As battles wage against the seemingly unstoppable Bindi, Serizawa takes a back from the present to give readers a look at Merah’s backstory.
Aside from the inclusion of Merah’s backstory (which is admittedly a bit bland), volume 4 is almost entirely comprised of action, but I suspect most viewers won’t mind. Between the Merah vs. Bindi battle and the ongoing attempt to evacuate Marhawa (which is easier said than done!), the fourth volume will have your heart racing from start to finish.
Overall Thoughts: “Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire” will not disappoint fans of the franchise. The manga series is proving to be a good fit for new RE stories.
Note: Volumes 3 and 4 contain color pages and a re-cap of the story so far at the start of each volume.
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