My Hero Academia Vigilantes Vol 1 Review

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In the world of My Hero Academia, not everyone needs a license to fight for justice!

In a superpowered society, there is nothing ordinary about evil anymore. Heroes, trained and licensed to protect and defend the public against supervillains, stand above all the rest. Not everyone can be a hero, however, and there are those who would use their powers to serve the people without legal sanction. But do they fight for justice in the shadows, or for reasons known only to themselves? Whatever they fight for, they are called…vigilantes.

Koichi Haimawari couldn’t make the cut to become an official hero, so he uses his modest Quirk to do good deeds in his spare time. Then one day a fateful encounter with some local thugs leads him to team up with two other unlikely heroes. None of them really know what they’re doing, but they’ve got the courage—or foolishness—to try. But they soon discover fighting evil takes more than just being brave…

Review

The My Hero Academia world has so much potential for spin off story lines. It is nice to see that the creators behind the series have seen this and are using it. Vigilantes takes us into another aspect of the hero world that is only lightly touched on in the main story. What about those who have quirks and want to do good but don’t have licenses?

We saw Deku try it and the punishment that could have occurred for illegally using his quirk. However, the world of underground heroes is much bigger than we know. My Hero Academia Vigilantes may be a spin off story but familiar faces are all around. In the first few pages we run into Eraser Head. Seeing him outside the classroom as a normal person walking the street is not something we get to see in the main story. There are other easter eggs too. Koichi ran into Deku’s mom helping her with directions!

Watching Koichi and the others grow and learn outside the confines of a classroom is a refreshing bit of fun to read. This will never replace the main story BUT its absolutely worth reading along side the main series. A crossover of characters into the main story doesn’t seem out of the question at some point.

You can pickup Volume one of My Hero Academia Vigilantes at Amazon or RightStuf.

Robert Prentice