May Contain Spoilers
This volume wraps up the story arc with Captain Kuro and earns Luffy another crew member. Obviously there is a ton of fighting, Usopp proves he isn’t always a liar, and his little pirate crew demonstrate the courage of little lions.
Kuro gives Luffy and his Gum-Gum moves a run for the money. With his steel claws and wicked personality, Kuro doesn’t hesitate to murder on a whim. Since he’s been planning Kaya’s murder for three years, he also shows no remorse when he voices his intentions to slaughter his entire crew. Great guy to work for, huh? Hopefully Luffy puts him right back in his place. Quickly.
Zolo lugs an injured Usopp through the forest in pursuit of Django, who is chasing Kaya and the kiddos. His orders are to murder all of them, but he can’t kill Kaya until after he hypnotizers her and forces her to write a will leaving her fortune to Kuro. Then the henchman will not receive the gratitude he expects, but will instead be murdered by his captain. Whoa! This pirate crew isn’t very bright to have not realized that Kuro would kill them all at the drop of a hat. He already had a guy executed in his place, so that should have given them a clue. But – no.
It’s Kuro’s careless attitude towards his men that sends Luffy over the deep end. He firmly believes that a captain is responsible for the well-being of his crew, and that it’s his job to defend them to death. Not this perverse idea that Kuro has of being a leader. The shenanigans with Kuro were fun, especially because he thought he was so clever, and he wasn’t counting on a bunch of kids interfering with his success.
Grade: 4 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
Once upon a time, Usopp was just a local boy with a talent for tall tales. Everyone in his little seaside village knew him as the joker who claimed to be a pirate captain and woke people up in the mornings by shouting “Pirates are coming!” But then real pirates landed on the beach…
Now Usopp’s village is under attack by the Black Cat Pirates, one of the most legendary and feared crews on the high seas. And three young would-be pirates have joined him in defending the village: Nami the thief, Zolo the swordsman, and Luffy, the straw-hatted wannabe pirate with incredible rubber powers. Usopp is about to find out how an imaginary pirate stands up to the real thing… and what it means to be a real pirate. His neighbors would never believe it in a million years…