World Trigger 3 by Daisuke Ashihara

World Trigger continues to surprise and impress: a great blend of sci fi, battles, interesting characters, and twisty turning politics. The art is solid and I really appreciate all the background info/reminders put into the drawings and dialogue so readers don’t get lost. Honestly, every chapters makes me want to rush right into the next to see what is going to happen next.

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Story: Mikumo, Chika, and Yuma are at an impass but they can’t stand still. Orders are given to Jin to apprehend the black trigger owned by Yuma but he’s playing his own game, thanks to his precog ability. He’ll make an offer to the trio that they can’t refuse – but in doing so, he’ll upset the balance of power in the border agencies. Certain parties have a vested interested in making sure Yuma’s black trigger doesn’t end up at Tamakoma.

We get a lot more information about Yuma, the neighbor, in this volume. I have to say, I’m impressed that it is Jin, not Yuma, who will end up having the mysteries and the secrets. But what stands apart for me is the great cast of characters – with the trio of Chika, Yuma, and Mikumo but also all the people in the different border squads. Instead of a lot of stupidity, the author is willing to give his characters intelligence and logic in their actions. So it isn’t about an idiot kid flying off the handle and getting lucky – like so many titles of this type. It’s really about the team and their diverse talents.

The art is solid and battle scenes are as well rendered as emotive ones. This volume doesn’t have any battles with the neighbors but there is still plenty of action as well as the introspection. And, well, I have to laugh every time I see Yuma’s pursed lips.

This is definitely one of my favorite titles Viz has put out this year and I eagerly await each new volume.

Reviewed from an ARC.

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