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06/13/2006 Archived Entry: "Manga review: MBQ Volmue 2 - Big Bro"

MBQ - Volume 2 Big Bro
Art and story: Felipe Smith
Published by: Tokyopop

Review by Kathy LaFollett

RECOGNIZE! Dats right, bitch.

Omario finished his latest foray into comic literature and he is hounding everyone in his circle
of avoidance driven friends to read the damn thing.

But let's not digress to the main character, I doubt Felipe Smith wanted it that way. "Hell Bent" stamped Big Bro, a UFC type badass fighter has a title round to fight as we enter back into the MBQ world. One punch lays out the contender and moves us deftly to Omario searching out his hooligan acquaintances to get their opinion on his latest comic.

It's Omario's neighborhood travels that take us through another day in the lives of the MBQ crew.

Felipe's latest edition calls to mind the movie Pulp Fiction. We go full circle connecting the dots of each human presented in the storyline. They are all so different yet their lives are completely interdependent. Each action leads to an opposite reaction of another.

Felipe is the Quentin Tarantino of Manga. Watch Tarantino's "Kill Bill," "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill" again... er I mean 2; they all support my statement. Neither Felipe nor Quentin make apologies for their stories or characters. They shrug your judgment and wincing off with more of the same.

MBQ throws all that could be offensive and the kitchen sink at your senses without apology or explanation. He seems to say in each illustration; this is where we are now, THIS is where we will end up, and YOU can't stop me from showing it to you. Recognize!

And just when you think you can't take another image of violence or obscene human nature Mr. Smith throws in his character, Jeff.

Jeff is the unfaltering Buddha of MBQ. He is the enlightened, untouched one. Jeff restores your faith in the idea that although all else has gone to hell in a hand basket, nay, the very pits of hell may have thrown up it's unwanted vagrants, there will always me one left to keep the fabric together.

Bring on Volume 3!

Also see, MBQ, vol. 1 review.

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