32. Dragon Ball (3-in-1), Vol. 3 by Akira Toriyama
Dragon Ball (Vol. 7-8-9)
Dec 3 2013, VIZ Media, 568 pgs
Ages: (13+) T
"The World’s Most Evil Crime Organization
You do not want to mess with the Red Ribbon Army. To get what they want, they’ll sic you with scary thugs, machine-gun fire and even torpedoes! Only Son Goku would think nothing of challenging this evil crime organization—anything to get back the one Dragon Ball his grandfather gave him.
As the Red Ribbon Army closes in on Goku and his friends, Goku must face an array of opponents while preventing all seven Dragon Balls from falling into evil hands. First, there’s cruel General Blue, who has a mysterious power up his sleeve. Then there’s master assassin Taopaipai, so strong that Goku’s blasts barely faze him. But neither of these opponents compare to the masked challenger Goku faces at Baba Uranai’s—he’ll give Goku the shock of his life!"
Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.
Vol. 9: Test of the All-Seeing Crone: This could be called a segue volume as the story switches from the last story arc to a new one. So while the end of this volume sets the scene for the next villains, the majority of this one takes our heroes on a sidetrip to visit the crone where, guess what?, they are tested and engaged in battle! This is a really fun episode and has our guys battling a series of of "monsters" from classic horror films starting with Dracula. There is a lot of good humour, as the last volume was pretty intense, making this light-hearted and fun and the stage is set for the next story arc as we finish the book. (4/5)