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Killers #1

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B. Clay Moore, writer

Fernando Dagnino, artist

Jose Villarrubia, colorist

Jeff Powell, letters

Recap

This issue begins, a female protagonist combats a hooded assailant. The inner monologue laments that true love doesn’t exist. Prophetically the narrative states that everyone dies as a woman arrives to find the limp body of the protagonist. It occurs in Aspen Colorado. This story transitions to London, England and then Burano, Italy The story tracks the conquest of three characters: Desdemona Rush, Roger Thorpe, and Shuriken. All have special physical abilities and are highly trained in martial arts.  This issue is packed full of intrigue as ninja warriors take turns trying to take down the protagonists while they are united by a common task: gaining possession of an artifact called “the tears of the burning monk.” 

The most engaging part of this story is the multiple characters who are all connected by a mysterious character named “Jonin.” All three of the protagonists were trained by Jonin in martial arts, among other things. Of the three, Shuriken is the most interesting because she’s given the task of bringing the group together. The writers keep the tension in the story by not revealing too much too soon about these characters. Furthermore they build mystery through investigation of the appearance of ninja character that are out to kill them. 

Another real-life element of the book is the presence of a character named Mr. Alcott, a member of the British intelligence group MI6. He is credited with training the ninjas that attack the protagonists. The information this character holds might be the clue to unraveling why Jonnin is searching for this lost artifact or how these three characters, Desdemona, Thorpe, and Shuriken became connected to him. 

The art helps ground this otherwise outlandish story about ageless super-powered characters. The book is well-paced and utilizes a strong and distinctive art style that takes advantage of the setting. For example, Burano is in Italy and pictured around him are quaint buildings colored in greens and yellows and greens. As a reader, you can almost feel the brick roads and smell the arid wind off the Mediterranean by the visual aesthetic alone.

Final Impressions

This is an interesting murder mystery story plugged into a mystical world. I am very interested in these characters and in their pursuit. I’m also interested in the backstory for how they became superpowered and how Jonin has control over them? I can hardly wait to see where this goes, more importantly, how we get there.  

Batman Secret Files #2 Review

“Batman: Secret Files” was one of my favorite issues of last year, so I was pretty excited to see that DC was publishing another issue to tie in with their “Year of the Villain” story. Batman is possibly the character with the best rogues gallery of all time, so this is a pretty wonderful way to showcase his villains and what his interactions with them are like. For anyone that didn’t read “Secret Files” Issue 1, it’s essentially a bunch of short stories featuring Batman and the various issues he has to deal with in a night. It’s a cool concept that can let writers play with the character and not have to worry too much about a long, intense story, or any story with canon bending consequences. Writers can test the waters with Batman and give their own spin on the character. I’d love to see other characters like The Flash or Green Lantern get this treatment, so hopefully this is something DC continues with. Since the issue is made up of short stories, I’ll run through each one with my thoughts on them and give them their own individual star ratings. Let’s start with the first story in the book. 

THE JOKER in… IF THE SUIT FITS

Written by: Andy Kubert

Art by: Amancay Nahuelpan

Colors by: Trish Mulvihill

Letters by: Steve Wands

This story is about an average night’s interaction between the world’s most iconic superhero and the world’s most iconic super villain, Batman and the Joker. The Joker’s plan has worked and he finally has Batman where he wants him, tied up and hanging upside down in a warehouse somewhere. Joker wants to kill Batman, which is no surprise, but he wants to do it while wearing the bat suit. Obviously, that does not work out in his favor. For a pretty common story of Joker trying to kill Batman, the plot of Joker trying to wear the bat suit is a pretty unique spin on it. It’s cool that we get to see some of the specific gadgets that make up Batman’s suit and we get to see some specific skills that we don’t usually see. The art is pretty great and the colors really make the art pop, and I would definitely say the art is the highlight of this story. Overall this story is an okay one, the dialogue coming from the Joker isn’t great but it’s a fun, basic story about the chemistry between the two characters, and it doesn’t need to be anything more. 2.5/5 Stars 

PSYCHO PIRATE in… HE HELPS US

Written by: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing

Art by: Carlos D’anda

Colors by: Luis Guerrero

Letters by: Andworld Design 

We start this story with an old man being initiated into some type of cult. Different members are telling their stories of their troubled pasts, and they all end with “he helps me.” This feels very reminiscent of Director Ari Aster’s recent film, Midsommar, both in style of character design and setting. Eventually we realize that the leader of this cult is none other than the villain, Psycho Pirate, and he is using the Medusa Mask to lead these unknowing people into a dark fate. Of course this wouldn’t a Batman story if our caped crusader didn’t show up and kick some ass, but we also get a really deep look into Batman’s motivations and how he remains so strong mentally after everything that’s happened to him. Yes, this is a take on the character that we’ve seen before, but I always enjoy the chance to see Batman in a battle of minds rather than physical ones, just because there are so few that can match him mentally. This story touches on how scary things can get when people are manipulated and are in large groups, and it’s also a Batman story that takes place in the sunlight which is something that isn’t very common. This segment is a good introduction to the character of Psycho Pirate and a neat look inside the psyche of Batman. 3.5/5 Stars 

THE RIDDLER in… ALONE 

Written by: Mairghread Scott

Pencils by: Giuseppe Camuncoli

Inks by: Cam Smith

Colors by: Tomeu Morey

Letters by: Clayton Cowles 

The Riddler is my favorite Batman villain so I was pretty excited when I read the first page of this story. Edward Nygma is being analyzed by Arkham Asylum’s newest doctor, Dr. Watham, who is trying to understand why The Riddler torments Batman. The story is told by the Riddler and he details his most recent encounter with Batman where he uses past events from his own life to get revenge for himself while also wreaking chaos on Gotham. What’s pretty cool about this story is that Mairghread Scott wrote it in a way that the reader can try to figure out the riddle, and that brings a whole new level of interaction that this issue hasn’t seen yet. This story isn’t as much about Batman as much as it is about The Riddler, and as a fan of that character, I’m glad that there was such an emphasis on his ideology and his motivations. I really enjoyed this story because I felt like I got to be a part of it and because I feel like Scott really understands The Riddler. 4/5 Stars 

HUGO STRANGE in… DOCTOR OF PSYCHIATRIC MEDICINE

Written by: Steve Orlando

Art by: Eduardo Risso

Colors by: Dave Stewart

Letters by: John Workman 

This story is by and far my favorite in the entire issue, and is potentially one of my favorites that I’ve read in comics in a long time. Steve Orlando has an amazing Martian Manhunter maxiseries right now that I highly encourage everyone to read, whether you are a fan of that character or not. I was happy to see his name on this book, but I was even more happy to see that he was the author of this story after I had finished it. Hugo Strange believes that in order for him to defeat Batman, he has to truly understand what it is to be Batman. In a very Saw- Esque story, Strange kidnaps 5 specimens and puts them in elaborate traps dressed as Batman to see which one of them operates closest to Batman. This story is a fascinating look into Hugo Strange as a character, one of the best to ever do it with Strange in my opinion, and this story feels wildly different from the others in this issue. I would absolutely love for Steve Orlando to be given a Batman title, especially if Hugo Strange was his villain. This story is incredibly gruesome, cleverly written, has my favorite artwork in the entire issue, and could potentially be the start to a character defining storyline for Hugo Strange. 5/5 Stars. 

BANE in… ALETHEPHOBIA

Written by: Tim Seeley

Art by: Patrick Gleason

Colors by: John Kalisz

Letters by: Tom Napolitano 

Tom King’s polarizing Batman run is building to its ultimate end and the villain of the series, Bane, and Batman will do battle in Batman #75. Because of that, our main event is a heartbreaking story about Bane’s earlier years as a villain, and it’s a side of him that we don’t get to see often. Bane’s relationship with his psychiatrist is detailed and we learn a bit about why Bane is the way that he is. This story really gave me a different look at him as a character, and it really humanizes him in a lot of ways. I’ve always preferred Bane as the giant luchador, but stories like this make me really interested in him as the hyper-intelligent character that he is. I love the way that Tim Seeley wrote the character and I’m excited to see what Tom King has in store for the end of his run. 4/5 Stars. 

In Summary: “Batman: Secret Files” issue 2 is one that every Batman fan should pick up. It’s light on insight into Batman as a character, but as a tie in to “City of Bane,” it’s a great analysis of some of Batman’s best villains. 


Green Lantern Annual #1 Review

Writer: Grant Morrison

Layouts: Giuseppe Camuncoli

Finishes: Trevor Scott

Colors: Steve Oliff

Letters: Tom Orzechowski

    Waking up in a bathtub with no memory of the night before is usually never a good sign, but it does make for one hell of a start to our story! It’s the morning after uncle Titus Jordan’s annual family dinner and things go from bad, to absolutely bonkers pretty quick when Hal discovers some of his younger relatives are harboring an alien! Trapped inside the house and having to fend off invaders from the planet Kwyzz, Hal is forced to work with his younger cousin Airwave in an effort to keep their family and new alien friend safe.  Morrison does a fantastic job delivering exactly what any great self-sustaining story needs; an intriguing opening to get you hooked, a conflict with a twist to keep you guessing after every panel, and an ending with plenty of closure with a cliffhanger at the very end that could potentially lead into next year’s annual.

  As great of a story this annual is, the standout factor for me would have to be the dazzling art that graces this comic front to back. When complimenting the legendary story telling of Grant Morrison you need a world class artistic team that holds its own. An early favorite was they way they drew the Kwyzz, while not physically intimidating at first, they end up being quiet formidable adversaries for the Green Lantern. The colors added by Oliff will often mesmerize you, especially during the flashy fight scenes.  While I must admit I did not enjoy this annual as much as I do the Green Lantern monthly by Morrison and Liam Sharp, its still a terrific read and the art alone is reason enough to pick this one up! You can find The Green Lantern Annual #1 at your local comic store today!

Batman Who Laughs #7 Review

Writer: Scott Snyder 

Artist: Jock 

Colorist: David Baron 

Letterer: Sal Cipriano 

Through the fire and through the flames the fate of Gotham is coming down to an epic final battle with Batman vs. Batman, the one Who Laughs, the sick and dark twisted perversion.This Batman is from Earth 22 of the Dark Multiverse. He actually crossed that thin red line and snapped the Joker’s neck, releasing the poisonous toxin that made him his worst enemy. See Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 by James Tynion. BMWL entered our universe in The Metal event by Scott Snyder, James Tynion and Greg Capullo, just to name a few. See Dark Nights: Metal #1 – 6).

The crippling endgame that is the “Last Laugh” is all but forgotten. The drones that are rigged for contamination must be stopped by James Gordon and his son, rocking some pretty awesome super suits, but that will not stop the Grim Knight. Pay close attention to this fight, it is very crucial to the very last game changing page. 

With absolutely no healthy blood cells left, issue six ends with BMWL stabbing Batman through the heart with the serum. The blood flows together in a classic game of red light, green light; Bruce has seconds to fight off this poison or let this suicidal gambit take full fruition. Only one way to shot gun through this issue is to pay very close attention. This issue was an epic ending to one of my favorite Batman stories of all time. Must read for any Batman fan. 

A very important lesson can be taken away from this story “knowing is half the battle” not only can you learn from your failures, but the failures of your evil doppelganger from a Dark Multiverse. 

Last Knight on Earth #2 Review

Writer: Scott Snyder

Art: Greg Capullo

At the end of it all, the only question that really matters is “Can I be Robin?” 

Following the events of last issue, Batman (along with the severed Joker head in a jar) leaves the new Amazonians and sets out to discover what the dystopian, Mad Max-esque world he woke up in. As the Joker narrates however, “this case is different…darker, they can both feel it” and while the World’s Greatest Detective is determined to find out who is responsible and do anything necessary to fix it, he soon finds out that sometimes there are mysteries that are best left unsolved.

This issue does an incredible job of world building, using the same dystopian tropes that so many post apocalyptic stories have used but throwing in a bit of DC Universe flavor. Snyder gives just enough backstory of how different areas got to be the way they are now that it made me want more even to the point of kinda wanting some kind of “World of Flashpoint” type mini series run showing the world from different heroes’ perspectives and their stories of how they ended up where and how they are. Perhaps the most important and interesting of these quick backstories is involving Superman and is told by someone you would both least and most expect to be telling the story. The way this is played out it also works to create a juxtaposition to what we are seeing with Joker and Batman.

The issue also gives a look inside the fragile state of Batman’s mind, the fear and guilt his life has left him with, the doubt about whether he can ever truly win and do what is right and still no one else has acknowledged this talking Joker head leaving me to question if it is really there or if it is a further sign of the decaying mental state of Batman. There is a sequence in the book where this severed Joker head continuously asks to be the next Robin and the way it is written is both important to further feeding into Batman’s mental state and played for laughs and is one of my favorite pages this year.

We are also introduced to a new villain known only as Omega, whom is responsible for certain things in the world and is essentially the closest thing to a ruler that the world has. While very little is shown or said about him the little bit that is creates a truly intriguing guessing game and is already leading to great discussion amongst some of us here at the Comic book Legion. 

If there is anything negative to say about this book it would be that there are moments that seem a bit rushed that I would have liked to see more in-depth looks and other moments that felt a bit too drawn out for my liking. Overall, the art in the issue was as great as always with Capullo, and the story was intriguing making it a book I’d say is absolutely worth moving to the top of your read pile, especially in a relatively weaker release week and left me anxiously awaiting the conclusion of this story and Snyder and Capullo’s time together on Batman. 

Dial H For Hero #5 Review

Writer: Sam Humphries

Artist and Cover: Joe Quinones

Coloring: Jordan Gibson

Lettering: Dave Sharpe

Do you want a great story? Do you want entertainment for the full duration of your reading? All you have to do is Dial…..Dial H For Holy Cow this book is great.

Miguel Montez is just like every kid. He’s young, angry at the world after his parent’s death, and really loves Superman. Oh and he stumbles across an H-Dial that allows him to turn into various superheroes with different Secret Origins. When a mysterious voice known only as “The Operator” tells Miguel about an evil force called Mister Thunderbolt who is trying to break free of the Heroverse it starts a race around the country as Miguel and his friend Summer are trying to find Superman to get his help. However, Miguel is separated from Summer when Mister Thunderbolt tricks him into freeing him Miguel chases him into the Heroverse alone.

When this book was originally announced I knew absolutely nothing about the H-Dial. However, I have read a decent portion of Sam Humphries’ writing and enjoyed all of it for the most part and the concept sounded interesting enough. Adding this book is one of the best decisions I’ve made when it comes to comics. The characters are likable, the references to the larger  universe are great, and the story is really fun to read. 

This issue picks up with Miguel in the Heroverse and features quick callbacks to different origins from the DC universe as Miguel chases after Mister Thunderbolt. The way Quinones mixes a modern art style with the old school Gold and Silver Age art styles makes me love this book so much more. This issue uses DC Universe cameos as a way of exploring what really makes a hero and while this isn’t a super fresh topic to explore it does so by using the anxieties and self doubts everyone goes through on a daily basis.

Like almost every issue of this series so far Issue 5 ends in a way that makes me wish I had waited for the trade to read this because I want to get the next slice of the story right away. If you’re not already following this book you need to add it to your pull list immediately and if you are buying it, but aren’t making it a priority you need to start making it one. Go out and get this book now!

Until next time…Keep being Amazing, Keep being Spectacular, But most importantly….Keep being a Legionnaire. 

The Flash #75

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Joshua Williamson & Howard Porter, storytellers

Hi-Fi, colors

Steve Wands, letters

Scott Kolins, art

Christian Duce, art

Luis Guerrero, colors

Recap

In the previous, The Turtle returns from the future with The Flash from the future in chains. Iris correctly determines that something strange is happening because The Turtle was previously behind bars. Meanwhile, The Flash squares off against his ageless foe as readers are reminded of how many of The Flash’s key stories are time-travel-related. In this issue, The Flash faces The Turtle in a life or death conflict. The Turtle uses his ability to manipulate time to have the advantage by anticipating The Flash’s moves based on previous conflicts. Meanwhile, Iris uses her energy to let the people of Central City know the truth and by freeing them from The Turtle’s chains. The Flash discovers a deeper connection to The Speed Force. This connection leads him to manipulate time so he can bypass The Time Paradox created by The Turtle, allowing him to save the people of Central City. 

The theme of this book is hope. A flashback in the middle of his final battle with The Turtle reminds him of a phrase he learned from his mother: “always hopeful.” Hope is referenced frequently and  a linear line is drawn from The Flash to his mother and the lessons she taught him as a boy. Using mothers for motivation has received plenty of ridicule in DC movies. However, in this story the theme of hope is layered and the reference adds emotional depth to the conflict despite being heavy handed in places. 

In addition, after The Flash is victorious the story transitions to the the city celebrating his victory. In this context, Iris calls Barry her boyfriend. Those who follow The Flash may find a tear welling up given the struggle Barry faces in pursuit of a relationship with Iris over the years. A picture captures the scene beautifully. Then, Iris introduces Wally and Wallace connecting them to this year one story, briefly.  by Yet, there is a prevailing doom hovering over the story. 

A highlight for me artistically is a full panel I’ll call,  “slide into it.” The lightening and perspective is very unique. The art gives the reader the experience of literally being in the Speed Force. Objects are blurring in the background and The Flash is clearly at the front of the inertia bubble The Speed Force creates in its wake. Another highlight the panel shows a large group of Central City citizens marching through the streets celebrating February 11th, “Flash Day.” There is  wonderful detail showing the people and the city landscape; It would make a beautiful poster. Overall = 9/10

A couple of short stories follow the main story. The first, “Todayart by Scott Kolins, colors by Luis Guerrero, and letter by Steve Wands. Barry speaks with a hooded figure in glowing green who calls themselves Steadfast. There is a hard transition, The Flash goes to work. Then another transition to the backstory on The Still Force. Steadfast teaches him the The Forces are all connected and that The Flash plays a role; but how? Overall = 8.5/10

The second story, “The Offer” with art by Christian Duce and colors by Luis Guerrero. A special note to the art, The Rogues are pictured in a full panel and it’s gorgeous! Captain Cold prominently positioned in the middle of the team! A word balloon reads, “The Suicide Squad.” Commander Cold and The Rogues complete a task for Waller Captain Cold and Snakebite capture The Book. Snakebite runs with the book and is gunned down. Captain Cold leaves in a helicopter for Belle Reve prison and Amanda Waller his boss. 

The story transitions into a backstory of Captain Cold. Flashbacks of his father and hi internal monologue states his worries of becoming his father deflecting his anger on everyone else because he was afraid to change. Another highlight occurs when a panel allows the reader staring into the eyes of Captain Cold! At the end of this story and after Cold turns himself into Waller, Luther meets with Cold and asks him to join his team. 

Martian Manhunter #7 Review

Art by: Riley Rossmo

Colors by: Ivan Plascencia

Letters By: Deron Bennett

Release Date: July 24th, 2019

The Martian Manhunter is a character that is often mishandled,misunderstood, and underutilized. The last time he was really in the spotlight and portrayed as an important character was 2003’s Justice League Animated Series. Since then, not many writers have been able to crack the essence of the character and use him to the best of his abilities. In 2018, writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo started their 12 issue maxi series about the character and have solidified themselves as two of the creators who have had the best grip on J’onn in a long time. This series has done a fantastic job of examining who Martian Manhunter is as a being and as a hero. We’ve seen his psyche examined and his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder analyzed, and J’onn is portrayed as an actually relatable character that is more than just the weird alien dude who is afraid of fire. We’ve heard his backstory before through several different story arcs, but this is the first time that there’s been emotion present and an actual dissection of how his origins impact his development as a character and what it has to do with why he becomes a hero.

In issue 6, we left off with J’onn and Meade setting their differences aside to do their job as cops. Meade tells J’onn of a human trafficking ring and they set out to end it. Issue 7 picks up immediately where that leaves off and we see the duo raiding a hub for an evil organization. This issue is a nice change of pace from the rest of the series so far in that we don’t have any flashbacks throughout and the story has more to do with police procedure than J’onn’s struggles
as the Martian Manhunter. We’ve spent a lot of time reading about John Jones and Meade as partners but this is the first time that we really get to see them in action together and doing what brought them together in the first place. There’s a lot of action throughout this issue and even
though it’s mainly about the duo as cops, we get a really cool scene of The Martian Manhunter fighting crime in the way that only he can.

Riley Rossmo’s art has been incredible throughout this series. The way that he draws the Martians as creatures is fascinating and is slowly becoming my preference for those characters. Even the way that the human characters are drawn with this interesting fluidity is really cool and it enhances the story extremely well. The art and the writing go so well together and they both work in unison to make this story feel unique and special. I’ve enjoyed the backstory of the martians in previous issues but I was excited to get a self contained issue with a lateral story. I enjoyed this issue a lot and I think if you’ve been a fan of the series so far you’ll really dig it as well. I genuinely feel like we’re in the middle of a character defining run and I’m excited to see
what the next 5 issues bring.

Batman #75 Review

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Writer: Tom King

Art: Tony S. Daniel and Mitch Gerads

Colors by: Tomeu Morey and Mitch Gerads

Letters by: Clayton Cowles

Release Date: July 17th, 2019

Dictionary.com defines a parallel universe as “any of a hypothetical collection of undetectable universes that are like our known universe but have branched off from our universe due to a quantum-level event. ” Of course, we comic book veterans know a thing or two about parallel universes and multiverses. That’s our bread and butter! So upon reading the first few pages of this issue, readers might be thinking that they’re reading an Elseworlds story or a story taking place on another Earth in the multiverse. I assure you…that is most certainly not the case. Everything that happens in this story is happening on Earth-Prime!

Our issue opens as many have over the years – a panel of a GCPD squad car speeding to the scene of a crime. However, this time there is one change – the occupants. The Joker and the Riddler are the ones behind the wheel and heading to the scene of a homicide as officers of the GCPD. Yes, you read that correctly. They are members of the GCPD! Not only are these insane killers working for the police and pulling their best buddy cop impression, but their commissioner is also Hugo Strange! The same Hugo Strange that is obsessed with the Dark Knight and driven to create genetic monstrosities. So where is Batman and why is he allowing this madness? Don’t worry, Strange actually requests his help in the form of the Bat-Signal. A villain requesting the help from Batman? That’s correct. It’s just not the Batman that readers know and love – it’s Thomas Wayne’s Batman from the Flashpoint Universe. Without spoiling the rest, this issue proceeds to show us the state of this new Gotham City that Bane has created. This new status quo creates more questions than answers. Where is Bruce? How much time has passed from the last issue? Does Thomas have a plan of his own or does he plan on marching to the beat of Bane’s drum? Lastly, readers are treated to a reunion that was previewed months ago – the return of Catwoman! As always, the couple argues about where they first met. I continue to take great joy in that little flirtatious tidbit that King inserts into their relationship while evil reigns supreme in Gotham and Bruce is on the verge of freezing to death.

Upon finishing this issue, I have come to the realization that I really miss Tony S. Daniel as the series regular on Batman. He has a great understanding of the world of the Dark Knight that cannot be understated. The level of detail he puts into each page is truly awesome – from the backgrounds to Two-Face’s scarred half to Flashpoint Batman’s scruffy chin. One of my favorite pages of this issue is the page where Flashpoint Batman arrives after being summoned by the Bat-Signal. The pose, the rain, the lightning. Everything on that page was perfectly done.

This oversized book also features the amazing talents of Mitch Gerads. His vivid, gritty style is perfectly suited for a Gotham controlled by the villains. Seeing his work on gruesome villains like Zsasz, Professor Pyg, and Croc is just fantastic. He brings their grotesqueness to life in ways that I don’t often see from other artists. Let’s not forget how he drew poor Harvey Bullock as a human dartboard – complete with an intense look of fear in his eyes. We can’t forget the fine work that Tomeu Morey did on the colors. There’s just the right amount of bright and dark hues that animates this dark Gotham.

This issue is my favorite since the “I Am Suicide” arc. I read it four times and still came away amazed at everything that was squeezed into this single issue. If “City of Bane” is King’s last hurrah with the Batman title, it’s off to a magnificent start. Folks, you definitely need to pick this one up…TODAY.

My Hero Academia Chapter #235: Tenko Shimura Origin Review

By Kohei Horikoshi

    The big bad boss battle continues! Deep in the heart of Deika City the Meta Liberation army continues to hold their own against the League of Villains. This villain centered story arc has taken its time to shine some light on each of our favorite villain’s backstories and now we’ve reached none other than the sinister young boss himself, Tomura Shigaraki, as he engages in battle with the leader of The Meta Liberation Army’s leader: Re-Destro. 

    While the chapter begins with a pause in the action between the two titans, an exchange in words gets Shigaraki to reflect on his childhood; and that’s where things get interesting. Flashback to 5-year-old Tenko Shimura (now Tomura Shigaraki), a kind child who loves to simply “play hero” but is scolded by his father whenever caught doing so. Without giving away all the details, we start to see the slow progression of Tenko’s downfall to villainy. In an effort to try to cheer him up his older sister Hana brings Tenko a photo from their father’s office of his paternal grandma, its none other than the famous heroine Nana Shimura. When his father walks out after noticing the disturbance in his study, he erupts in anger, striking his son repeatedly in a blind rage. 

    Horikoshi does an amazing job showcasing just how deep Tomura Shigaraki’s hatred for heroes goes. Nana Shimura being an absent mother and putting hero work before her family developed a deep hatred for heroes in her son. Her goodbye letter to him was an added touch that almost makes you feel bad for the guy. I believe these are the event that will spawn Tomura’s Quirk Manifestation, and most of us know how that will turn out, poor little Corgi… I love the way Horikoshi draws Tomura as an adult in the beginning of the chapter, his chapped lips and sunken eyes give him that added creep-factor every great villain needs. Another one of my favorites his how utterly badass Re-Destro is looking now that he’s using his quirk to encompass his entire body. 

    Though it’s been a while since we’ve seen our heroes over in UA, this villain centered arc has been terrific. This current fight reminds me of two final bosses from a video game duking it out against each other, a super-villain super-fight. My Hero Academia is one of the absolute best manga/anime out right now, and most fans of the genre would agree with me. Right now you can read all 235 current chapter on the Shonen Jump app for only 1.99, along with 100’s of other great manga. Chapter 236 drops this weekend 7/21 so download the app and catch up now!

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