Hey all, Dani here.
Welcome to the new setup for Manga Monday, wherein I post two reviews on Mondays so I can try and get caught up on my manga backlog. Even with the double posts I’ve still gotten my reviews scheduled out past August, and I read manga pretty quickly so I think this will be continuing for a while.
I can say that this is the last review for this particular series for a little while. Volume 7 won’t be released until June, which is also the day that the main series will release Volume 24. Thankfully I have a whole bunch of other series I can focus on, which is fine with me.
Okay, let’s jump into the review.
Story by: Hideyuki Furuhashi
Art by: Betten Court
Original Concept by: Kohei Horikoshi
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
ISBN: 197471053X (ISBN13: 9781974710539)
Not everyone needs a license to fight for justice!
In a superpowered society, there is nothing ordinary about evil anymore. Heroes, trained and licensed to protect and defend the public against supervillains, stand above all the rest. Not everyone can be a hero, however, and there are those who would use their powers to serve the people without legal sanction. But do they fight for justice in the shadows, or for reasons known only to themselves? Whatever they fight for, they are called…vigilantes.
After returning from an eventful trip to Osaka, Koichi starts experimenting more with his Quirk—does he have more potential than he first thought? Detective Tsukauchi continues to investigate the instant villain incidents, quietly enlisting the help of Eraser and even consulting All Might. And now, with Hachisuka out of the picture, the shadowy figure behind the Trigger drug has enlisted a new and even more dangerous agent…
Rating: 4 stars
I think the best part of this particular volume is that Koichi is experimenting more with his Quirk, starting to figure out that maybe he can do more than just sliding and gliding. I’m frankly quite glad for that, because otherwise it doesn’t feel like he could be more than a sidekick in the narrative. Which honestly, I know he’s pretty much pegged as the main character, but he and Pop Step have only seemed like companions to Knuckleduster, so without him around it’s like this story is floundering.
I mean, it has never felt as strong as the main series to me, but I like the glimpses of characters like Midnight, Eraser, and Present Mic enough to keep reading it. This is just not a series where I’m counting down to the release of the next volume, like with My Hero Academia or Black Clover.
We get a little more with Eraser and All Might and Detective Tsukauchi, so that’s nice. And overall I read the volume quickly, as I do with pretty much any non-omnibus volume, so I guess I can say that this story holds my interest just enough to get me through each respective volume, but I’m really still just waiting for that moment when I become something closer to a big fan of the series.
Where to Get a Copy
You can grab your own copy of this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore through IndieBound.
You can also check with your local library.