Moriarty: The Patriot (Vol 7)

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I think this is my favorite series.

God, this series just keeps getting better and better.

This volume centers around the former Irene Adler, now James Bonde, and how she is acclimating to the Moriarty et al. group. She and Moran start off a bit rocky after she walks in on him naked, but after a situation during a bank heist, James shows her ingenuity and gains a lot of respect from the others. She approaches problems differently from others, and her brain is a welcome addition to the series.

I love how this series plays with pop culture and injects it into this historical manga in a cheeky, fun way. James Bonde is obviously an example, and in this volume, the group are hunting down what they believe to be a group of people behind the name of “Jack the Ripper.” The real Jack the Ripper is a man they know from their pasts, and they attempt to find out who is responsible for the killings so people do not conflate the two Jack’s. This series goes from fun to accurate social commentary at the snap of one’s fingers and somehow never seems to stray too far into the deep end of either style. Within this volume, we learn about a plot to force an insurrection, something far too relatable in our current climate, and how both the rich and poor are working together to cause a riot to bring about revolution. It’s aptly handled, and I am very much looking forward to resolving it in the next volume! Also, Moran is the best, but I didn’t need to tell you that.

Title: Moriarty: The Patriot (Volume 7)
Author: Ryōsuke Takeuchi
Format: Paperback
Pages:  200
ISBN:  9781974720866
Three Descriptors: Re-imagining, Creative, Dark

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