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20th Century Boys (vol. 11) by Naoki Urasawa, with the cooperation of Takashi Nagasaki, English adaptation by Akemi Wegmüller

20th Century Boys 11Most teenagers seem to go through that ‘I-hate-my-parents’-phase … but what happens when your own father turns out to be Public Enemy #1? While everyone else staunchly believes the “Friend” will bring world peace, young Kanna and the now-aging 20th Century Boys know that the Friend is pure evil. With her Uncle Kenji still presumed dead, no matter how defeated she’s feeling, Kanna has to take charge NOW.

Kanna’s wake-up call brings her to the rooftop of an old folks’ home, where she finds Sadakiyo and Kyoko trapped with the Dream Navigators surrounding the building and determined on annihilation of everyone inside. Sadakiyo hands over the bloodied notes to Kanna that Mon-chan wrote just before he was murdered; the brittle, smeared paper reveals “The Big Lie of 1970” … but also might contain Kanna’s long-missing mother’s whereabouts, too.

Since Dream Navigator Director Takasu Mitsuyo has agreed to spawn the Friend’s offspring, Kanna is about to become expendable. Of course, Kenji’s childhood friends can’t let that happen … and they’re not going anywhere without a world-altering fight! While Yoshitsune and Yukiji take to deciphering Mon-chan’s bloody notes, Otcho goes on the hunt for a not-so-good doc who might have a few more answers …

That “To be continued” always comes waaaay too soon … how long must we wait for volume 12?

While we wait (no patience!), do check out the previous volumes of 20th Century Boys by clicking here.

Readers: Young Adult, Adult

Published: 2010 (United States)
20 SEIKI SHONEN © Naoki Urasawa/Studio Nuts
Original Japanese edition published by Shogakukan Inc.


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