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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: 1-59307-705-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Banya: the Explosive Delivery Man (aka: Banxya) Vol. #03

By Jarred Pine     April 24, 2007
Release Date: March 14, 2007

Banya: the Explosive Delivery Man (aka: Banxya) Vol.#03
© 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
The cunning and intrepid Banya faces his greatest challenge yet! The unstoppable delivery man finds himself in the middle of a mysterious dispute at the heart of a sacred temple - trapped between devout warrior-priests and the vicious, ruthless Torren! But Banya pledges allegiance to no religion or country, only to the motto of the Gaya Desert Post Office: "Fast. Precise. Secure." Banya's certainly no stranger to mayhem, and he proudly asserts, "There isn't a delivery I can't make!" This time, however, have he and his young cohort Kong bitten off more than they can chew?

The Review
The third installment of Banya continues to deliver the same explosive, gorgeously illustrated, and well produced adventure manwha, with the awkward pacing and lack of overall cohesiveness unfortunately continuing as well.

At its best, Banya is a wonderfully drawn manwha that offers action sequences that are some of the best out there in the English translated market. Along with the blood-thirsty ogres, demon-summoning monks, man-eating sandworms, dragons, and gremlins, creator Kim Young-Oh delivers the type of entertainment that you would find on the big screen pulling in millions over the Fourth of July weekend. Young-Oh's artwork is definitely explosive, leaping his titular character from page to page as he jumps, dodges, and slashes at the flesh-eating beasts. If only real mail delivery was this much fun!!

However, as with previous volumes, Banya's entertainment value is by and far only superficial. Each story follows identical execution with the only resolution being that Banya delivers his package, "Fast. Precise. Secure." It�s also perplexing that Young-Oh has abandoned the group chemistry of the delivery persons, instead writing stories that focus solely on Banya. Their antics from previous volumes provided some good humor and chemistry that is sorely missing. It would also have been nice if Young-Oh's editors could have helped with structuring the chapters in a way so each episode could have filled one entire book, instead of breaking off at the peak of the action and completely killing off the momentum.


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