This is my favorite issue of the Link manga since so much happens. A ton of character progression happens, a bunch of action and really great drawings. The story continues with "The World" R:2's characters and even more get introduced. Tokio starts to get really strong in this issue and we get to see him being molded into the hero he wants to be.
As the story progresses it's really cool seeing the dot hack characters banding together and helping out to stop Schickal's scheming. A new character called Ninjato gets added into the cast and its pretty interesting to find out he actually knows some of the G.U. people. The art continues to be great and it makes me feel like I'm progressing through the game even though I'm reading the manga. The artist also creates some of Haseo's crazy attacks really well and even adds in cross series attacks like x-forth did.
The bonuses in this issue are a bunch of portrait like drawings of the characters in Link and are actually really detailed. It was surprising to see them in that type of format. The end of the issue has a little afterword and not much else.
Now the big negative I have about this issue. It's not so much the issue itself, but the fact the Link manga was canceld and this is the last issue that was printed (canceled in Japan). Also since Bamco never brought over .hack//Link (been over two years since it came out in Japan) I don't think we will ever get to know how this story ends unless you know Japanese.
Even though this is the last issue, I still say to pick it up. I enjoyed reading through Link's story and getting post G.U. content is pretty awesome. I really hope one day they decided to finish up the Link manga (but than we would need another publisher to bring it over since Tokyopop is out of business), or Bamco get's their act together and finally bring the game over. I really don't see either happening though since the movie/game is already out in Japan and I'm sure they would create content based on that, than coming back to the Link series.
~ Written: 07-12
* Tokio gets stronger
* Great artwork
* New characters and cool seeing all of them working together
* More unnecessary "fan-service", but at least it's at the end this time
* Series was canceled and the game was never ported