I just wanted to point out a small pattern in the volume covers relating to the defeat of some major villains.
It goes like this:
- Sometimes during a big arc, a volume cover will show all of the villains together.
- The cover of the next volume will show all the heroes together.
- During the volume after that, Luffy will defeat his main opponent.
-Volume 21 shows all of the Baroque Works agents together
-Volume 22 shows all of the Straw Hats together + Vivi, Karoo and Lashes
-During Volume 23, Luffy defeats Crocodile
ENIES LOBBY ARC
-Volume 42 shows all the members of CP9 together
-Volume 43 shows all of the Straw Hats + Sogeking (his identity shall forever remain a mystery)
-During Volume 44, Luffy defeats Lucci
-Volume 77 shows the Donquixote Family
-Volume 78 shows the Straw Hats + Law, the Grand Fleet Commanders and the Tontattas
-During Volume 79, Luffy defeats Doflamingo
WHOLE CAKE ISLAND ARC
-Volume 87 has the Big Mom Pirates
-Volumes 88 has the Straw Hats + Carrot, Capone and Chiffon (and Pudding, I guess)
-During Volume 89, Luffy defeats Katakuri
I know there are a lot of exceptions (like Arlong and Enel for example), but I just wanted to point this pattern out in case we see it in Wano.
It could potentially indicate when Kaido is going to be defeated.