The Lurking Hero
First off, I’m just going to say that I was right! The dinosaur from the cover story is X Drake! I think we can assume that he took over this winter island as his own, and it possible that Scotch is working for him now.
Now let’s move on to the main story. This chapter focuses on the flashback and history of Dressrosa. We learn the kingdom used to be poor, but peaceful until Doflamingo returns. He demands the money the kingdom doesn’t have, and makes the king looks bad along the way. At the same time, he also uses his Ito Ito no Mi to force the king and his soldiers to kill innocent citizens. His plan? To rescue the citizens from seemingly crazed king and look like a hero. Is it me, or this plot seems awfully familiar? Didn’t Crocodile already done something similar to the kingdom of Alabasta? I know the Alabasta saga was like over a decade ago already, but reusing plots? That’s just lazy.
Other than the flashback, this chapter doesn’t have plot progression either. However, it’s revealed that Monet used to work for the palace, and Maybe we will get to see her again.