My Hero Academia: Volume 10 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux
Aug 27, 2018 - 15:13

Viz Media
Writer(s): Kohei Horikoshi, Caleb Cook
Artist(s): Kohei Horikoshi
Letterer(s): John Hunt
ISBN: 978-1-4215-9437-8
$9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K., 192pp, B&W, paperback
Rating: T (Teen)

My Hero Academia Graphic Novel Volume 10 cover image

Rated “T” for “Teen”

Of the human population, 80% have manifested superpowers called “Quirks.”  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% 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…

My Hero Academia, Vol. 10 (All for One; Chapters 81 to 89) finds the students of U.A. fighting for their lives.  It is supposed to be “Day Two” of the summer camp for students of U.A., but it is not an ordinary summer camp or vacation.  Activities involve high-impact training in which students are expected to develop their Quirks even further.

However, the Vanguard Action Service, a unit of the League of Villains, launches an attack on the students with the goal of kidnapping U.A. Student, especially one in particular, the powerful (and arrogant) Katsuki Bakugo.  The mysterious leader of the villains has an offer to make to Bakugo, but Midoriya wants to save his friend.  How can he save him, when the adult heroes have shut Midoriya and his friends out of the rescue mission?  Plus, Midoriya is so grievously injured that he may not recover one-hundred percent of his physical abilities?

[This volume includes the bonus manga, “Side Story: Tsuyu's Ribbity Diary.”]

THE LOWDOWN:  I still believe that My Hero Academia manga is one of the best comics about youngsters dealing with superpowers that I have ever read.  Caleb Cook, who is translating the manga and adapting it to English, is also writing what is among the best superhero graphic novels available for sale in the United States.

My Hero Academia Graphic Novel Volume 10 is a battle manga-heavy volume, like the previous volume.  However, the narrative has taken a dark turn.  Now, it seems to be as much about survival as it is about being a shiny superhero.  My Hero Academia has excellent characters and conflicts, and its drama is stronger than most American comic books featuring teen superheroes.

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

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