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Week of 6/19/22 – Multiversity Comics

Welcome to This Week in Shonen Soar, our weekly examine in on Viz’s varied Shonen Soar sequence. Viz has lately modified their launch format, however our format will largely stay the identical. We’ll nonetheless overview the most recent chapters of 1 title per week, now with much more choices at our disposal. The large change for our readers is that, even with out a Shonen Soar subscription, you possibly can learn these most up-to-date chapters without spending a dime at or utilizing their app.

This week, Zach checks in with “One Piece.” In case you have ideas on this or another present Shonen Soar titles, please tell us within the feedback!

One Piece Chapter 1053: New Emperors
Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda
Translated by Stephen Paul
Lettered by Vanessa Satone
Reviewed by Zach Wilkerson

The a lot hyped ultimate chapter of “One Piece” earlier than Oda takes a a lot wanted break has arrived. It’s (most likely) the top of the longest arc within the sequence so far. It options the total reveal of a personality first launched almost 150 chapters in the past and pays off on one other plot thread from over 800 chapters in the past. Even with all of this in thoughts, and I imply this in essentially the most optimistic sense, it’s nonetheless simply one other chapter of “One Piece.”

To begin, it’s price discussing the chapter’s cowl unfold. It’s a shocking piece highlighting new characters and creatures from the upcoming “One Piece Odyssey” online game. It’s simply one of many upcoming spinoffs getting overvalued, with this week’s principal Shonen Soar cowl promoting “One Piece Movie Pink.” Each items are terrific. For a chapter as important as this, nonetheless, it appears like a missed alternative to not have art work that includes extra of the related solid and occasions of this period.

Entering into the chapter itself, we discover Oda administering the three holy sacraments of “One Piece.” These are “new bounties,” “the massive get together,” and “main world constructing.” We first see the payoff of final chapter’s cliffhanger, the brand new bounty posters for Luffy, Legislation, and Eustass Child. Bounties have at all times been arbitrary and largely meaningless, but they’re a shorthand for character development and new establishment. Oda’s selections for the character’s art work within the posters is superb, notably Luffy’s Nika type.

Subsequent is “the massive get together” and Oda doesn’t disappoint right here. Oda performs with expectations in a delightfully dry scene with Jimbei and genuine Wano delicacies earlier than the true ruckus begins. A lot has been stated of Oda’s potential to craft intricately detailed motion sequences and these expertise have at all times proven, if not moreso, in these massive celebrations with dozens of characters. The panel that includes Luffy, Yamato, and Chopper chowing down on cotton sweet and different treats is brimming with pleasure and vitality.

Lastly, we get to world constructing and earth shattering revelations. This chapter actually has huge revelations, however Oda is a little more subdued than one would possibly count on. The sequences with Robin and a sure Navy Admiral are participating and thrilling, however they don’t give a lot of a glimpse into Oda’s thoughts or to the place the story might head subsequent. Nor does it reply any of the lingering questions which have cropped up during the last 5 years or so.

The takeaway from this chapter that may hold readers speaking over the subsequent month or so is alluded to within the chapter’s title. The “4 Emperors” title has been an indication publish for the sequence’s trajectory. A lot of the momentum in “One Piece” because the time-skip has been main in the direction of the confrontation with Kaido. With each Kaido and Huge Mother out of the image, there’s a house that begs to be stuffed. I received’t discuss right here about how Oda resolves that notice; it’s best to maybe take a look at the Multiversity Manga Membership podcast for these ideas. Nonetheless, the chapter’s final web page is so delightfully good that it merely couldn’t have gone another means.

Closing Verdict: A bombastic celebration of all that Oda and his group have achieved on the sequence up to now and an thrilling launchpad for the sequence’s ultimate stretch.

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