Magi is set on a world that is an alternate version and recreation of the ancient Old World (similar to ancient Persia). About 14 years before the story begins, several magic castles (of various architectural styles) begin to appear in this world. These mysterious ruins are known as “Dungeons,” and they are full of treasures and traps. Aladdin, who is a Magi (a sorcerer of creation), and his friend, King Alibaba Saluja, embark on dangerous and deadly adventures into those Dungeons to find fortune and glory and more adventure.
As Magi, Vol. 27 (Chapters 259 to 268) opens, the ugly battle between Alibaba and Hakuryu Ren, the fourth prince of the Kou Empire, comes to an end. And Hakuryu gloats at what cannot be undone. Next, Aladdin battles Judar, the Magi of the Kou Empire and a member of the diabolical Al-Thamen. It is a magic duel the likes of which the world has never seen, and Aladdin must win it, although it seems that he cannot.
THE LOWDOWN: I always say that the Magi manga (subtitled The Labyrinth of Magic) has offered so much adventure and so many subplots in its previous 26 graphic novels. This particular volume does just that, but the conflicts are clear.
Magi Graphic Novel Volume 27 offers massive war in the Kou Empire, a conflict of magic users and vessels. Strange worlds and strange resurrections abound. Creator Shinobu Ohtaka offers grief and hope in equal measure, so Vol. 27 is an explosive volume from the standpoint of the advancement of the story. And the tumult is rolling over to the next volume. See you there.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Readers, especially young manga readers, looking for adventure stories will want to read the “Shonen Sunday” title, Magi.