Was this worth the year long wait? I am still not sure, but I am surprised by this installment in the Hellsing story. Hellsing is still a gore fest through on through, but what caught me off gaurd was character depth. Kohta Hirano created more than a gore fest of a manga he actually created a story that is very profond.
In this installment he see more into the heart of Alucard. More to the fact we finally we get an idea of what makes him tick, and why he has such a strong respect for Father Anderson.
" A weak monster like me, a monster that could not go on being human must defeated by a human." -Alucard, Hellsing Vol. 8 page 143.
Over a 100 years ago Dracula was defeated by Van Helsing, Holmwood, Morris, and Seward. Hirano added to the story of Dracula, by telling us the aftermath of the events of Bram Stoker`s story, and a good addition it is. In volume eight one begins to wonder if Alucard is looking for release from his unlife from a worthy advesary. Van Helsing did not kill Dracula in the end, but made him a servant/ soldier to help in the cursade rid the world of other creatures of darkness. What better soldier to have than the king of vampires himself?
We also find that Dracula in his madness lost everything that was around him. As Alucard, he is not lost on this irony.
I had forgotten that the original Vlad the Impaler did serve the Vactican, which back in the 15th century was not unusual for someone who is roaylty. . My history is still a bit fuzzy. For Hellsing, this little tidbit of infomation proves to be vital.
It serves as paralell with Father Anderson, and a good explanation for Alucard`s animosity for the Vactican. Alucard became a monster for war during his days as human fighting the Turks and so forth. Father Anderson is a human who fights monsters, but has not totally given up his humanity like Alucard.
Enough rambles and rants from me. Give Hellsing a read. Yeah its gory and insane, but look beyond that and you find good horror story with some seriuos plot and character depth.