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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 184
  • ISBN: 1-59307-688-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Banya: the Explosive Delivery Man (aka: Banxya) Vol. #02

By Jarred Pine     January 16, 2007
Release Date: December 20, 2006

Banya: the Explosive Delivery Man (aka: Banxya) Vol.#02
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kim Young-Oh
Translated by:Taesoon Kang & Derek Kirk Kim
Adapted by:Taesoon Kang & Derek Kirk Kim

What They Say
Young Kong is entrusted with a delivery of great importance, and Banya schemes to free Mei from her captors. Instead of fighting fire with fire, Banya fights monsters with monsters!

The delivery men of the Gaya Desert Post Office have only one motto: "Fast. Precise. Secure." Banya, the craziest and craftiest of the bunch, will stop at nothing to get a job done. Known as the "Explosive Delivery Man" for his daring, dedication, and diligence, Banya promises, "There isn't a delivery I can't make!"

Whether it's transporting a rare artifact or reuniting a mother with her long-lost son, Banya will speed through war-torn deserts and mysterious forests, relying on flexibility, daring, and wits to complete his missions - no matter what the odds!

The Review
The first 80 pages of this second volume of Banya are pure, blockbuster level of entertainment gold. True, there is not much substance to speak of, but the action and adventure of Banya and his delivery mates rival those found in well done swashbuckler flicks like Pirates of the Caribbean or Three Muskateers. There is not much character development, not much of a grander purpose, but what Kim Young-Oh creates is just fun reading. I could feel the swooshing of swords and axes as Banya dove around attacks and planted a few of his own.

The rest of the volume is quite underwhelming. The crucial mistake is that instead of building off the band of merrymen (and a girl) concept of the delivery service, the story goes into more episodic tales of Banya going solo. Kim Young-Oh does try to add a bit more substance by interweaving a story about the bond between mother and son, but the action sequences end up being a bit more cruel and harsh, rather than fun and adventurous. Without a counterweight to Banya's wisecracks and bratty attitude, he begins to become annoying. And the witty banter between Banya, Mei, and Kong is completely absent, which is a big letdown. I would have definitely liked to have seen Young-Oh build upon what he started, putting the trio into bigger and more swashbuckling adventures.

The book is quite well produced. Gone are the alignment issues from last volume, and we still get color pages as well as color images on the insides of the covers. Nice! And Young-Oh's artwork continues to be quite gorgeous at times, with the Takehiko Inoue comparisons even more appropriate.


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