After finding out the truth about the famous painting Sayuri, the Phantom Thieves take on the artist Madarame for all the evil he’s done to his students and victims, especially how much art he has passed off as his own when it was really the hard work of others all along. This high profile change of heart brings more notoriety to the Phantoms, but it’s not all good. Special investigators, the police, the school president, even a mysterious high school student detective have all started to investigate the Thieves. Some believe their intentions to be good, but others wonder what laws they're breaking, and what sort of power they have over their targets to instigate this change of heart in the first place. So far, none suspect there is really another "world" the Phantoms step into to change their targets' hearts.
There are several narrative jumps in this storyline that are usually signaled by a blank white panel with one bubble of dialogue. Even knowing what they look like, the jumps are still confusing at times. There are a couple of characters that may have been flashed to within other volumes that the audience is supposed to remember from one volume to the next, but I am not grasping who they are. I am really glad that there is this other storyline of the investigations going on because I was not seeing the longevity of a storyline hopping from one corrupt adult to another with little storyline happening in the real world. We also get some really good insights in this novel as to Akira's past, so I imagine that will play into things in the future as well.
Sara's Rating; 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Read previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
ISBN: 9781974714704 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, School Age, Action Adventure
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