Review: Radiant Vol 4

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The world is overrun with monsters called Nemeses—and a young boy infected by one will stop at nothing to defeat them all!

Evil creatures called Nemeses fall from the skies and the only ones who can fight them are Wizards—infected ones who survived a Nemesis’s corruption. Seth, one of these survivors, vows not only to fight the Nemeses, but to find their mythical nest, Radiant, and destroy it!

Seth finds himself face-to-face with a man named Piodon, who claims to be his brother. Piodon came to Rumble Town to watch the destruction, but upon finding Seth, offers him something to help with his infection. Meanwhile, Grimm and Mélie continue trying to prevent Hameline from destroying the city.

Review

Radiant started out with a bit of a slow burn when it came to story but boy did it start to ratchet things up as we move into Volume 4. The moment that Piodon appeared I knew he was related to Seth, either his future self or a brother. It is clear he knows a lot more about his younger brother, then Seth knows about himself. What remains very unclear is just which side Piodon is on. While he is with the Inqusitors, he seems to also have his own agenda. We also find out Seth has a lot more power than we realized. Beyond just not understanding how to use the power he has, a bandage on his face is blocking a much larger power.

How or when that was put on Seth remains a mystery. Including just how the brothers became separated or how both of them ended up with the same curse. So far we really haven’t seen cases of siblings with the same curse. So that leaves me to wonder if these bothers are more than just Wizards cursed by Nemeses. Seth leaves Piodon behind and re-enters the battle on the clock tower. However he finds he is too late to save Hameline despite finally getting through to her.

The inquisition accuses Seth of a multitude of charges that he doesn’t even remember, and demands the Wizards and people of the town turn him over. Hameline uses a ruse of holding the boy hostage to distract the inquisition only to protect Seth and the others, getting herself killed. Torque appears, as the leader of the inquisition squad, and kills Hameline. This sets Seth off, and before he can attack him, another inquisition member hits him hard in the face and takes him to the ground. In doing so he breaks part of the bandage on Seths face.

Seth loses control and becomes something else completely as he goes berserk on the inquisition. Before he could cause mass destruction, Grimm binds him and flys off with Melie and Seth. Seth ends up in a coma for a week before waking up back in Artemis. The town celebrates him as a hero but he is conflicted on many things, including what he and his power really is. Alma shows up and tries to cheer Seth up, showing him a letter from his young friend in Rumble Town and what he had done to help Wizards around the world.

This is where Radiant has really hit its stride. Seth is a bone head at the best of times but he is also smart and caring person. Radiant does a great job of really bringing the feels in this most recent volume. The anime adaptation also does a great job of reflecting this as well. The story plot with his ‘brother’ and his power is also very intriguing. I cannot wait for the next volume. You can pickup Vol 4 of Radiant, which was released just last week, from Amazon.com

Robert Prentice