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20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition Manga Volume 1

20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition Manga Volume 1

-Written by: Will

What do you remember from your childhood? It might just save the world.

This the central question behind 20th Century Boys, a mix of sci-fi, slice of life, and thriller genres. It centers on Kenji, a convenience store manager whose life has passed him by. When he’s not raising his niece or berated by his mother, Kenji hangs out with his childhood friends. It’s a life that his child self would laugh at, but he’s content. That is until people start dropping like flies around him, all connected by an emblem he used as a child. The emblem now used by an organization run by a mysterious man known as “Friend.”

This series was created by Naoki Urasawa, illustrator for Master Keaton, Monster, and Pluto. Taking a thoughtful approach, his trail of breadcrumbs are intriguing. The plot lines never lead to dead ends and not a panel goes to waste.

The hook of this first volume is seeing the characters as kids. This book gives you nostalgia for a time you never lived in. It’s a feeling I get while watching Stranger Things. A better comparison is Stephen King’s IT: they play with time and focus on childhood friends banding together to defeat a powerful threat.

By the end of the first volume, the action ramps up. The puzzle pieces all start to fit. It will leave you wondering, "Why was Urasawa so cruel, leaving us on a cliffhanger like that!"

20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition Manga Volume 1

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots, and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction!

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