Benio and Rokuro are forced to move in together in the hopes that they will become eventual parents of the most powerful exorcist ever. While they figure out their living situation, Benio finally tracks down the kegare she's been searching for - the kegare who killed her parents. Rokuro's plan to make dinner is interrupted by Benio's failure to come home, so he goes out searching for her, and finds her within an inch of her life! After rescuing her from Magano and giving her the meal he's prepared, they re-enter and face the kegare together, embracing their twin powers. Later, Mayura tells Benio of the Hinatsuki Tragedy, and we learn Benio and Rokuro's pasts are bound in tragedy.
Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
Mister tests out the survival skills of Emma and Ray by leading them into a deadly situation with plenty of man-eating demons. Afterwards, Emma decides to have a heart to heart with Mister about all the pain he’s been feeling for years since his friends died. Mister leads Emma and ray into a trap, which he is regretful for because Emma was getting through to him! Emma ways up in a strange village with other children, which turns out to be a secret demon hunting ground. Ray convinces Mister to lead him to Goldy Pond to rescue Emma from being hunted, and Emma does what she does best - tries to save all the other children from becoming demon food.
Vol 3: Dream Country, illustrated by Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran, and Malcolm Jones III
In this volume, we start to get a sense of Dream’s powers and his role as one of the immortals. In the first story, we meet struggling novelist Ric Madok who trades a bezoar for a muse. She pleads with her sisters to send her Dream, known as Oneiros, to help her escape. Then, we hear of a great dream by a Saimese, wishing to change the world for good if she can only convince other cats what she dreams is real. Next, we the company of Will Shakespeare performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the real faefolk who inspired the tale, but its success will have a steep price for the Bard. Lastly, we witness the torture of Rainie, a metamorphae who desperately wants to end her existence but merely transmutes into other substances. She is visited by Death, who isn’t really there for her, but helps her nonetheless.
Christmas time is upon them, and Hana and her friends win a raffle for a Christmas tree. All of them have a tree already so they insist Hana give it to Takane. Once it’s set up, Mizuni and Hikaruko artfully slip out, leaving Hana and Takane alone. Their solitude is quickly interrupted by Rino, a friend from Takane’s high school years who is incredulous that Hana is his arranged marriage meeting partner. Rino is in love with Takane and she grills Hana on her feelings for him. She ends up weaseling a date out of Takane, but he instead invites them both to tag along with Hana and her friends at their annual Christmas dinner. There, Hana learns a deep secret about Rino, and discovers why she is no threat to her relationship with Takane. We also meet Takane's young cousin Hiromi, who is trying to be exactly like Takane, so much so that Hana knows just how to manipulate him.
The Class S heroes are all summoned to an emergency meeting to discuss the latest threat to Earth. Since Genos is Class S, Saitama decides to tag along and see how he may help. The Hero Association has a Seer, and her last prophecy before dying of shock was, "Earth... DANGER!" She's never used the word Danger to describe a threat before, so this must be truly awful! What's worse, the threat descends on a humungous ship from outer space just as the hero meeting is wrapping up, and decimates City A! Saitama immediately boards the ship and starts pounding on every life form he can find. The Class S heroes begin to engage with an alien on the ground who is confounding all of their individual powers. It is only together that they have a hope of beating back this extra-terrestrial threat!
Falaina is reeling from the recent attack of soldiers who look and act just as Lykos did when they first rescued her. Chakuro uses his control over thymia to protect himself and the body of his fallen friend. Ouni convinces the Vigilante guard to free him so that he may protect the Mud Whale, and Ouni single-handedly captures many enemy soldiers and figures out their plans. Suou is named the new mayor of the Mud Whale, and learns that they are the descendants of banished criminals, forever hunted. Suou is tasked with carrying out the final wish of the Council of Elders - to sink the mud whale into the sand before the army comes back to kill all of the residents of Falaina.
Vol 2: Fandemonium, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, colored by Matt Wilson, lettered by Clayton Cowles
Laura is reeling with the events of the first volume, something that other gods and Fans constantly bring up and remind her about. But Laura is determined to get to the bottom of the murder plot, and she dives head first into the Fandom scene to figure out who the guilty ones are. This means attending concerts, fan conventions, and asking questions. It also means communing with gods at their concerts, something Laura is afraid to venture into since her friend was murdered. Ananke, meanwhile, is busy finding the rest of the 12 gods to complete the pantheon, and you might be surprised at a couple of them.
Iku's parents come to visit her at work, but there's a huge problem - they think she is a noncombatant working as a Library Clerk. With the help of Instructor Dojo and Asako, Iku works both days on Clerk shifts, and they all might be able to convince her parents that she does indeed work as a Clerk. They just have to stay clear of Komaki, who doesn't believe in lying, but has promised to take shifts in the records room, far away from Iku and her parents. This deceit eats away at Iku, especially because she just got off a successful mission to save the general of the Library Forces, but she can't be truthful about the part she played!
We're getting to the point in this series where things are getting really good, and my reviews are going to have to be REALLY vague to not give away major plot points!
The group captured Gluttony at the end of volume 8, but as soon as Gluttony heard Roy Mustang was there, he went on a rampage and tried to devour everyone. Mustang, Hawkeye, Lan Fan, and Doctor Knox barely escape the devastating attacks, while Ling and the Elrics are determined to get answers out of Gluttony. Envy shows up to "gather" Gluttony, and instead becomes part of the fray! Through this action, Edward learns a LOT about the homunculi and their evil plan. While back at military headquarters, Mustang puts his trust in the wrong person, and gets deeper entangled by the enemy. Alphonse gets Gluttony to agree to revealing a big detail about the homunculi.
Vol 1: The Doctor is In, illustrated by Alitha Martinez
Doctor Cecilia is a gifted surgeon working for "Doctors Without Borders" when she discovers she may be the future of human evolution. It's a phenomenon she calls "Ignited." Humans placed under extreme stress or afraid for their lives manifest super-human abilities. For Dr. Cece, it so happens that she thinks and can project herself into the nine different learning modalities to solve any problem she's put in. But, she's not the only one. With Ignited sprouting up all across a volatile U.S and world landscape, how can they come together to put their powers to good use, and what does this mean for the evolution of the un-ignited humans?
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