One Piece: Baroque Works (Vol. 16-17-18): Chopper!!!!!!! (And no, I'm not talking about a homicidal murderer.)

Baroque Works 16-17-18, - Eiichiro Oda

*5 Stars*

Scorecard: (Out of 10)
* Quality of Writing - 10
* Pace - 9
* Plot development - 9
* Characters - 10
* Enjoyability - 10
* Insightfulness - 9
* Ease of Reading - 10
* Photos/Illustrations - 10
Final Score: 77/80 = 96%

This is a really strong Omnibus volume because each of the individual volumes are strong in their own right. Having watched the anime before reading the manga, it continues to astound me how to the point Oda is in his work. What took the anime three episodes he does in only a chapter or two of the manga.

These volumes tell the back story of Chopper, the end of the Drum Kingdom fight, and the Straw Hat's meeting with Ace in Alabasta. If you don't know what these mean, you haven't read this far yet.

I will briefly mention his one frame comics at the start of most chapters. I've loved many of them because they allow us a peek at characters that have been left behind in the story. I mention them here because the ones in this volume deal with Django from way back with the Black Cat Pirates. The story these weave is particularly funny and I greatly enjoyed it.

Basically, if you've come this far, keep reading. This is one of the best.