Amazon put the price up to £30+ but SpeedyHen have it for £26.50, for anyone still interested: v3 deluxe. Out of stock at the moment, though. I'm in no rush to get mine since I forgot I'd need v5 to fully cover the eclipse and see Casca's erect nipples~ I think all long-time Berserk fans are used to waiting at this point, anyway. I've been waiting for about 10-20 volumes for olde Berserk to return and JRPG party shounen power-up Guts to sod off.
On a semi-related note, v40 finally made me decide to get rid of my singles and buy the deluxe editions up to around v21/22/idfk. Miura isn't arsed drawing anymore, or has forgot how it's been so long, and that was the one remaining redeeming feature the manga had--the art he takes 6months to craft into a chapter: Griffith and Charlotte look like they're 10 now. And the comic-relief continues to be a distraction. If not for the occasional shot of a penis-slug, I'd be convinced a different person was drawing Berserk at this point. That's what happens when it takes literal decades for events to receive some form of resolution. People have lived and died in the time it took him to go from v14 to v40. Miura would make even George Martin blush.
Unless Miura continues Giganto Maxia - which works with his tone shift - he 's as dead to me as I've always been to him. The golden age aside, that is. More fool the plonker that paid me £300 to continue where I left off.
Well the dreamscape chapters really seem like he came back for them, i think he’s only involved in mainly writing the plot now, with assistants doing much of the work with art, more noticeable when they are on their way to skellig.
I’m kind of confused about “shonen power up gutts” though, you’re referring to the berserker armour being the solution to all the world’s problems?
my own peeve with the latest stuff though is later volumes kind of show some drama with what Griffith does now, but volume 40 has none of that, just shows him something he’s done before for a chapter and that’s your share of him for now!
Sounds like you only want the edgy berserk. I think we have passed that point though
nevertheless, I’m still invested, I’d rather see the drama unfold in Falconia rather than something Griffith has done a million times already, wether miura cares or not, seems sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn’t, it’s basically reiterating what I’ve said before but my impression of the hiatuses is that miura comes back about every 6 months to do more work on berserk, depending on how much work he’s doing elsewhere.
comparatively, it seems he’s done more work on the dreamscape then other recent things, I’ve not seen the post 40 stuff yet but I’m imagining after that he’s gone back to the schedule he’s had for the past couple of years, almost toriyama - like: he comes in, tells the assistants the main direction of the plot, may help with a page or two then lets the assistants take over based on the given plot.
I would compare it to another writer, Isayama seems to work on a lot of AoT himself, it’s hard to tell where he’s using assistants, pretty much the whole of AoT looks more consistent than between “classic” berserk and “post sailing” berserk, the point being it is hard to tell if he cares when he comes back and does himself what the series is often known for, but only occasionally