Book Reviews

Review: Black Clover #1 by Yuki Tabata

Quite peculiar, but I couldn’t find this particular cover anywhere on the web, so I took a picture myself. Even more strange, I did a reverse tin eye image search of this and only saw variants of this, all in another language. I wonder what the chance of me getting a rare variant cover? Anyone have any ideas? Let me know in the comments.

That sword is hitting me in the face! I appreciate the black and white art inside better than the colored, water color-ish version of art here.


( Extracted from Amazon )

In a world of magic, Asta, a boy with anti-magic powers, will do whatever it takes to become the Wizard King!

Asta is a young boy who dreams of becoming the greatest mage in the kingdom. Only one problem—he can’t use any magic! Luckily for Asta, he receives the incredibly rare five-leaf clover grimoire that gives him the power of anti-magic. Can someone who can’t use magic really become the Wizard King? One thing’s for sure—Asta will never give up!


I first heard of Black Clover from a friend talking about the Japanimation ( most of the time it’s better than Afghanistanimation ) series. He raved about it. I tried the anime show, but stopped because of the high-pitched yelling that probably got on my girlfriend’s nerves more than mine.

I always like to get to the root and origin of things. If it started as a comic I want to see the rawness that inspired other works of art with the same brand. It’s amazing that Yuki Tabata does the story and art for this book. The artwork is great inside, and like a lot of other manga books, it is black and white.

The premise of the story is a simple one ( simple is never bad by itself ) probably more geared for youngsters ( although some might not agree because there is a lightly dressed female in the story ). It’s silliness mixed with a magical land and over-blown energies of characters did entertain me ( which is what I look for #1 in artwork ), although I did find that the silliness somewhat of just a filler between events ( maybe they are more and tied in with events later in the story, can’t tell ).

The magnificent giant skull in the field. © Shueisha Inc

The rest of the artwork in the book is great, but is not as detailed as the image above.

Asta is a bit of an underdog in the tale, but also has traits that I think contribute to him being “the one” of the story, so that is inspiring to me. I think we all feel like underdogs in some aspect in our life. That makes for a relatable story.

SIDE NOTE: I haven’t read many manga books. I think the only other one that I have read was Naruto, which I probably liked better than this.


The artwork and quick page flipping with manga is satisfying. Couple that with an entertaining, silly and interesting story line and you have Black Clover which is a bit of a flip-side from other magical tales and a bit more home-y ( not to be confused with the term coined from US government assistance ) and down to earth. I give it ★★★★☆ four stars out of five.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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