Tuesday, October 20, 2020

#IReadsYou Review: MY HERO ACADEMIA Volume 21



MANGAKA: Kohei Horikoshi
LETTERS: John Hunt
EDITORS: Mike Montesa; Jon Bae
ISBN: 978-1-9747-0950-2; paperback (October 2019); Rated “T” for “Teen”
200pp, B&W, $9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K.

My Hero Academia is a Japanese superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi.  It has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since July 2014.  VIZ Media has been publishing an English-language edition of My Hero Academia as a paperback graphic novel series since 2015 under its “Shonen Jump” imprint.

In My Hero Academia, there comes a day when people start manifesting superpowers called “Quirks.”  Some use their powers to commit crime, which creates the need for heroes.  If someone wants to be a superhero, he or she enrolls in the Hero Academy.  What would a person do, however, if he were one of the 20 percent born Quirkless?  Middle school student Izuku Midoriya has no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes.  Then, Midoriya meets the greatest hero of them all, All Might, who gives him a chance to change his destiny…

As My Hero Academia, Vol. 21 (Chapters 189 to 200; entitled “Why He Gets Back Up”) opens, Endeavor, the new “No. 1” hero since All-Might retired, is in the fight of his life against the just-returned “Nomu.”  The battle rages across the city as Endeavor fights to solidify his new position as the number one hero.  Hawks fights by his side, but where do his loyalties really lie?  And even if Endeavor wins, he will have to face Dabi!

Next, Midoriya has a surreal experience concerning the previous wielders of the “One for All” powers.  Plus, Class 1-A battles Class B in joint battle training.

[This volume includes characters files and bonus and miscellaneous art – sketches and chapter headings.]

THE LOWDOWN:  The My Hero Academia manga is a superhero comic book – shonen manga style.  Being quite similar to American comics in the way that it depicts superheroes and super-powers, the series is popular on both sides of the Pacific.

My Hero Academia Graphic Novel Volume 21 delves into the current “League of Villains” conspiracy with a surprising twist or two.  However, creator Kohei Horikoshi doesn't forget his star, Izuke Midoriya, and we get to see some mystery build around this wonderful character.  While we have to wait for Midoriya's turn in the battle of the classes, Vol. 21 is the kind of volume that exemplifies this series' ability to keep readers coming back.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of superhero comics and of shonen battle manga will want to enroll at the “Shonen Jump” school, My Hero Academia.

9 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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