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Spy x Family, Volume 4: 08/05/22

Heartstopper: Volume Two

Spy x Family, Volume 4 by Tatsuya Endo and Case Loe (translator) marks the end of the first cœur. Rather, the first story of this volume marks the end, with the remainder being saved for the dramatic start of the series when it comes back in October.

From the cover, one can see that there's a new member to the Forger family, a ginormous white dog with black paws. How he earns that right is the bulk of this book. It's also the most dramatic and stressful set of events in this series so far.

The cold war between the two nations is about become a hot one. Domestic terrorism is doing its best to push the nations into full on war. Loid Forger is torn between the feelings for his found family, loyalty to his country, and his desire to avoid war at all costs — even if that means giving up his life.

In the middle of all of this, the Forgers are trying to adopt a dog. How dogs are used by both sides shows harkens back to Anya's history. That she and one of the dogs form a bond — both emotional and psychic is understandable, if not inevitable.

I didn't, though, expect Anya and the dog, to work so well together. Their gifts are perfectly balanced. How they end up saving lives and preventing a war is some of the most heart-stopping pages I've read in any manga.

I have volume 5 on hand and will be reading it soon.

Five stars

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