“One moment is enough.”
While volume 22 technically starts a “new” arc we are well into the third or so major shift in a series filled with layered storylines going all the way back to the beginning. Don’t start here.
Claws and Fangs of the Abyss (parts 1-6) features the rebelling Claymores facing the full power of Dae’s three reanimated number ones. Cassandra and Roxanne’s internal struggle has them distracted, but they won’t hesitate to destroy anything else in their paths. And that still leaves the legendary Hysteria the Elegant. This story feels a little like filler in parts, but overall is still worthwhile and has the high quality action the series has been built on. We also get some more important clues about the Organization and the greatest threat they’ve ever developed, and a key character faces some hard realizations about her approach and choices. As interesting as Cassandra’s sub plot is, things shine more here once the reinforcements from Rabona arrive and the focus is back on the Claymores of today. The monsters are getting even more grotesque as we go and the battles are as violent and gruesome as ever. If you’re this far in the series it should be no surprise but I’ll reiterate that this conflict is not for the faint of heart. Or stomach.
Volume 22 is a solid entry in the series with some important character beats but I will admit I’m glad this particular section of the story is coming to a close and that it seems we’ll be moving on next volume.