I'm perfectly fine with him not being able to defeat Guts. Gut's has amassed a body count that I stopped trying to keep track of after like page 10 of the manga, Serpico proved himself a good fighter just by being able to plan that fight enough to be able to disadvantage him, lose and still be savvy enough to escape without getting sliced in half. Besides they seem to be on the same side now anyway and Serpico's planning looks like it'll be able to balance out Guts hurricane like will and insanity. I wonder when Guts gets his Berserk armor.Serpico prepared the whole scenario to handicap Guts, and it did, and he still won. It is pretty clear at the end of the fight, that Serpico recognises he is no match for Guts. And that is fine, almost no one is who doesn't have 'cheating' powers. I mean he could probably defeat human form Zodd without the Berserk armour now...Guts is meant to be a force of nature. The apostles are supernatural forces. He is the anti-apostle. Eh wait a minute, he is using the Berserk armour now...maybe my ramble falls apart...
Serpico is extremely skilled and intelligent, but doesn't have Guts insanity which pushes him over the edge.
Almost done with Volume 23 and this is not the Band of the Hawk that I grew up with. It's nothing but Apostles and Ward demons it seems like and funny enough Sonia is the creepiest one in that group, or am I reading her wrong? You also have Griffith sitting on a tree throne with a sea of dead warrior souls swimming around him. What the fuck is this world coming to?
Done with volume 23. Serpico is pretty damn useful. Farnese was a Holy Iron Chain Knight for how many years? She lacks basic survival skills. Even Casca the vegetable managed to find her way back to camp.