Mob Psycho 100 vol 1 by ONE
Shiego, also known as Mob because of his blandness, is a junior high student with some serious psychic powers. He is employed by his mentor, Reigen, who doesn't have an ounce of power, yet runs an exorcism business. Mob gets to do all the heavy lifting, while Reigen convinces his customers that they are not only possessed, but that he is the only one able to exorcise their demons and cure them. Mob struggles to fit in at his high school, and gets swept up in a smile-cult by accident. All of his life's frustrations collectively irritate him until he explodes with a raw mystical force that's enough to flatten entire buildings.
ONE is also the creator of One-Punch man, a satire on the modern superhero craze, and Mob Psycho 100 is another example of ONE's wit and storytelling ability. Reigen's antics with his customers is absolutely hysterical, and the calm simmering of Mob perfectly balances the comedy. ONE isn't the best illustrator, however. Many of his scenes are very basic, and he is inept at drawing women who aren't frightening in some way. However, rather than making the story feel cheap, the lack of detail adds to its charm. Overall, this is an entertaining and fun story that readers and fans of One-Punch Man will enjoy.
Dark Horse's age rating for this one is 14+, which is fitting because of the subject matter, some adult language, and cigarette smoking.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability level: Grades 9-12
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Humor
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