Mob Psycho 100 vol 2 by ONE
The delinquents at Salt High want to get the Body Improvement Club, of which Mob is a member, to help them take down the delinquents of Black Vinegar High. But, the Body Improvement Club isn’t about fighting. The only way to get them there is to trick Mob into getting kidnapped. The Salt High delinquents then send the Body Improvement Club ransom letters letting them know where they can retrieve Mob. They make quick work of the delinquents from Black Vinegar, that is, until the leader shows up. The leader of Black Vinegar’s gang is another super human, and, when he sees Mob has powers, he’s obsessed with getting Mob to unleash, but there's more than one reason Mob holds back.
This story has more complexity than it seems at first. Teru is the perfect foil for Mob, and it's showcased in this volume. The way Mob holds him self back could be very frustrating for readers, especially during the prolonged, drawn-out fight with Teru. There’s a fairly disturbing moment when Teru is strangling Mob to try to force him to use his powers. Despite this, Mob is still someone I want to root for in not only maintaining his control, but overcoming his obstacles and attaining his goals of bettering himself.
ONE's illustrations are uneven, but readers probably won't care. His action sequences are quite detailed, but in many other parts of the story, backgrounds and characters are drawn very simplistically. But, action is where it matters in a story like this, and action sequences are easy to follow and intricate.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
ISBN: 9781506709888 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Humor, Dark Horse
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