Fairy Tail Ice Trail, Vol. 1 by Yuusuke Shirato
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Kodansha Comics
Source: Review copy from Random Penguin House Canada
Fairy Tail Universe
This is Gray's origin story and his adventures before and how he gets to Fairy Tale. It isn't necessary to have read the original series to start this one, however, this volume does start at the point in Gray's background that we've been told of in FT. I've read the first 5 volumes of FT and was "in" on everything they were talking about. This first volume is full of action and zooms along at a fast past. A bit too much to the detriment of character building, as there are a few scenes of emotion but we don't get to know Gray enough because of all the battles. Since this only has one more volume to go I imagine the whole thing will be a whirlwind. The humour is fun, though, and the art is cute. I can imagine Gray fans will take particular delight. My son, who has watched the anime, says he's looking forward to reading it.