Persona 5: Mementos Mission Volume 1

Udon Entertainment. Dec. 2021. 162p. pap. $13.99. ISBN 9781772942200.
Gr 7 Up–In Tokyo, the vigilante crew known only as the Phantom Thieves lie in wait, then strike when it’s time to hold adults accountable for their wrongdoings. Led by high schooler Ren Amamiya, the secretive group has both its admirers and its naysayers. When a case concerning the suspicious death of a modeling industry executive—and the rumored and potentially related suicide of a female model—comes along, the Phantoms decide to get involved, and thus come up against their most difficult assignment yet, and possibly their most dangerous. The heart and soul of this series is its plotting, with a story that grows and evolves chapter after chapter. It can on occasion be a little too intricate for its own good, jumping around from thread to thread, but the main mystery keeps the pages turning. The host of characters are measured and interesting. While this manga is based off the popular Atlus-developed video game franchise, readers won’t need to be fluent in the world to enjoy this book. Its rich, detailed artwork looks great, and the whodunit at its core will appeal to both fans of the game and newcomers alike.
VERDICT Whether or not they’re fans of the video game, readers will appreciate the lovely art and spellbinding mystery that this title brings to the table.

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