By Leroy Douresseaux
September 14, 2011 - 10:25
|One Piece Volume 58 cover image is courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.
Rated “T” for Teen
Monkey D. Luffy, who dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates, ate the enchanted “Devil Fruit.” It gave him the ability to stretch like rubber, but took away his ability to swim. Undeterred, Luffy set out to sea, gradually enlisting a motley crew known as the “Straw Hats” (as Luffy is often called “Straw Hat” because he wears a straw hat). Luffy and his crew sail the oceans, searching for the legendary treasure known as “One Piece.”
As One Piece, Vol. 58 (entitled The Name of This Era is “Whitebeard”) opens, the Paramount War races into its last act. At Marineford Navy Headquarters, the pirates battle naval forces and the great Admirals of the Navy. Meanwhile, Luffy fights to reach the execution platform where his brother Ace awaits his moment of execution.
THE LOWDOWN: It’s the same old story here. One Piece remains outrageous and imaginative. This manga is filled with more inventively designed and conceived characters than most shonen manga. Just about every panel is filled to the brim with action and characters; you might go cross-eyed or nuts trying to figure it all out. Also, the title page for each chapter comes with a humorous single-panel, (usually) pantomime cartoon. These comics are just more goodies from One Piece creator, Eiichiro Oda, and his amazing comic book.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers looking for top shonen manga will like One Piece.