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20th Century Boys (vol. 21) by Naoki Urasawa, with the cooperation of Takashi Nagasaki, English adaptation by Akemi Wegmüller

20th Century Boys 21As this is the penultimate volume in the 22-part series, I suppose I should have savored it … but, egads, patience is just not my virtue! Now I have almost a two-month wait, as volume 22 hits shelves September 18. How am I gonna hold out that long??!!

So … what happened here? Well, I certainly can’t tell you everything … but I will reveal (only because you’ll find out on the introductory “Profiles” page even before the panels begin) that a certain hero is out walking the streets … and headed straight to Tokyo.

Meanwhile, the Friend has apparently passed on his genes to a most unmotherly candidate, although who really knows what a paternity suit might reveal. While ordinary citizens think they’ll find salvation on Mars, flying saucers spraying blood-like emissions are making quite the mess of Tokyo. Bowling seems to be coming back into the limelight and a new President of the World is about to take a stand.

Yup, no doubt: The final showdown is definitely coming … [I think ‘patience’ should have been a four-letter word!]

To check out all the previous volumes of 20th Century Boys (which you should as the finale looms) – please click here.

Tidbit: I stand corrected … the series does not end with volume 22. It continues with two more, under a slightly different title – 21st Century Boys! Guess they’re all grown up and ready for a new millennium! 21st Century #1 hits shelves late November, while #2 debuts mid-January 2013. See illuminating comments from “Anon” below for more information. Thanks indeed!

Readers: Young Adult, Adult

Published: 2012 (United States)
20 SEIKI SHONEN © Naoki Urasawa/Studio Nuts
Original Japanese edition published by Shogakukan Inc.



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