It is no secret that I am a fan of the My Hero Academia franchise from Kōhei Horikoshi. I have been a dedicated viewer of the anime plus the films, so when I heard a spin-off was launched in 2017, my interest was high. I finally picked up the first volume written by Hideyuki Furuhashi and illustrated by Betten Court. it is published by Shonen Jump with Viz Media bringing it to North America thanks to translator Caleb Cook.
Goodreads has the synopsis listed as follows,
“Koichi Haimawari couldn’t make the cut to become an official hero, so he uses his modest Quirk to do good deeds in his spare time. Then one day a fateful encounter with some local thugs leads him to team up with two other unlikely heroes. None of them really know what they’re doing, but they’ve got the courage—or foolishness—to try. But they soon discover fighting evil takes more than just being brave…”
It is no secret that I am not happy with the current status of DC and Marvel comic books. I was looking for a good alternative and if this first volume is an indication, I was right on the money. Koichi is an excellent protagonist known as the Crawler. His mentor Knuckleduster and ally Pop Step make for lots of fun as they “unofficially” stop the crime that the pro-heroes are unable to at the moment.
The manga is fun as you watch the Crawler evolve with the help of his small inner circle. I also thought the artwork matched the mood of the story, making it even more engaging. I read a comment that the creators were doing a reverse dynamic compared to All-Might and Deku. On that note, they did a good job of connecting it to MHA while also giving it a unique set-up in this world of powers known as “quirks.”
This was a breath of fresh air and I had a great time reading it. I will continue you on with this series and hope to see some more action.
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