My hopes for this series raised in volume 1 weren’t completely fulfilled. Instead of thoroughly exploring the nature of computer crimes and behavior online, Prophecy volume 3 follows up on the manhunt started in volume 2, focusing on more human motivations of loyalty.

It’s certainly a more dramatic way for Tetsuya Tsutsui to wrap up the series in this book, and it makes for a tighter character arc, but I liked the themes of how growing computerization are affecting society more than the somewhat standard cast members. And the revenge stunts in the first book were clever.

Anyway, enough about what I would rather have seen the series do. Let’s talk about what’s on the page. Typical of really complex modern crimes, the Paperboy collective is done in by a tip from a source, someone spilling the beans, which then drives the followup detective work.

Prophecy volume 3 cover

Meanwhile, Paperboy is setting up for a stunt at an energy drink launch event, one that’s being promoted through a viral campaign on social networks and one that’s also attended by the government official they’ve threatened to kill. There’s a public debate over whether the drink should legitimately be promoted as “healthy” given rumors of bribery to get it approved.

The real scheme, though, is to expose the official’s hypocrisy. He’s pushing a bill to regulate the internet in order to make it more “wholesome”, but he’s been engaging in sock puppetry and false support to make support for his position seem more widespread. By making his life so troubled, Paperboy sends a lesson to anyone else who wants to try and control the online world. In this case, it’s a crusade the reader can get behind, but I can’t help but wonder how I’d feel if I agreed more strongly with the official’s position. Mob justice is a dangerous weapon, not one easily controlled.

The final caper is twisty, with multiple meanings. They aim to give the vicious, bloodthirsty internet users what they’ve asked for, but even once they get their “justice”, they’re not satisfied. Still, the reader gets to know the secret, the driving force behind the actions, and comes away feeling smarter than the authorities.

Anime & Manga Posts

Jul 04, 2015

Emma Volume 1

By Comics Worth Reading

I’m very glad Yen Press brought back Kaoru Mori’s maid manga Emma. The period piece combines a cross-class romance (gentleman and maid) with beautifully illustrated details of daily life, set...

Jun 29, 2015

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 14

By Comics Worth Reading

I’m so glad to get another volume of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service! (The previous book, volume 13, last appeared at the end of 2012.) Although it’s horror, it’s one...

May 30, 2015

Prophecy Volume 3

By Comics Worth Reading

My hopes for this series raised in volume 1 weren’t completely fulfilled. Instead of thoroughly exploring the nature of computer crimes and behavior online, Prophecy volume 3 follows up on...

Apr 09, 2015

Planetes Returns as Dark Horse Omnibus

By Comics Worth Reading

Now that Vinland Saga is returning, it’s about time that Makoto Yukimura’s earlier series Planetes becomes available again. (It was previously published by Tokyopop, which no longer functionally exists in...

Mar 27, 2015

Meteor Prince Volume 1

By Comics Worth Reading

As portrayed by Meca Tanaka, Meteor Prince is silly comedy, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Hako is the Queen of Bad Luck, known for having things fall on her....

Mar 07, 2015

Best Sites For Full Stream Anime

By BeautyLifeGeek

Since middle school, I loved watching anime. My first anime experience was sneaking into my living room late at night to catch the latest episodes of Dragon Ball Z and...

Feb 09, 2015


By BeautyLifeGeek

DISCLAIMER: The Following anime review is based on my personal opinion and experiences. Thank you.  While taking a break from all the research and inspiration for new beauty videos for...

Jan 19, 2015

Read Shonen Jump for Free for a Month

By Comics Worth Reading

To celebrate the three-year anniversary of the launch of the English-language digital Weekly Shonen Jump, Viz Media is giving away four issues online. Starting with the January 19 issue (today!)...

Jan 04, 2015

GF13-050NSW Nobel Gundam

By BeautyLifeGeek

Name: GF13-050NSW Nobel Gundam Type: Mobile Fighter Gundam Bought: Christmas present from my boyfriend Completed: 1/2/2015 Description: GF13-050NSW Nobel Gundam is a mobile suit fighter gundam for the nation of...

Jan 03, 2015

Monster: The Perfect Edition Returns Naoki Urasawa's Thriller to Print

By Comics Worth Reading

Monster originally ran from 1994-2001 in Japan, and Viz serialized it in English from 2006-2008. Those volumes, out of print, have been in demand for two reasons. First, author Naoki...