Yongbi the Invincible Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, October 09, 2004
Release Date: Thursday, December 02, 2004
Writer/Artist:Ki Woon Ryu/Jung Who Moon
Translated by:Chan Bak
What They Say
Conspiracy, Chaos... and Constipation? Who is the mysterious wandering bounty hunter called Yongbi? Why does even Goo-Hwi, the legendary undefeated warrior, cower at the sight of him? Why is the entire attention of China's Murim focused on the young master Yul, the owner of the mystical Gum HWag Yung amulet? And what did Yongbi's faithful horse Bi-Yong eat to cause such a profound case of intestinal distress?
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The fearsome Goo-Hwi has survived his last battle, but not without a few spears stuck in his butt. His young charge, Yul Mugi, is still safe in his care. Meanwhile, Yongbi is dealing with a constipated horse. In a thoroughly disgusting scene, a wandering pharmacist and his assistants give a helpful hand. Or perhaps I should say "arm". What caused the blockage was the Gum Hwag Yung, an amulet the horse swallowed in the last book. The amulet is worth more than gold, and every criminal and strongman in the country is after it. Yongbi is forced to fight three powerful fighters to keep the amulet, even though he's completely unaware of just how valuable it is.
Goo-Hwi fights a couple of mysterious cloaked figures, and continues to bond with Yul. Finally making it home, Goo-Hwi fings several more mysteriously cloaked figures waiting for him. Chief among them is one of the 12 most powerful fighters in Murim, and he has come for the child.
Volume 2 continues to provide plenty of fights and fart jokes, but not much more. while there are some genuinely funny moments here and there, it's mostly just bathroom humor. Fights go on for page after page of blurry speedlines. The only moments that held any real interest for me was watching Goo-Hwi, a very dangerous giant of a man start to feel rather fatherly towards Yul. Moon's art does a good job of providing plenty of background detail which goes a long ways towards making scenes look rich and full. While the fight scenes are almost interminable, they flow smoothly and are easy to follow.
Art is reproduced reasonably well, with little moiring in the screen tone and good detail in the linework. Sound effects are translated right next to the art. The cover features Yongbi in the foreground and a looming Goo-Hwi in the background. There are four pages of character profiles and a "Story So Far" page to bring the reader back up to speed.
Yongbi is a title I'm having a hard time working up any enthusiasm for. The endless fights that go nowhere, and an uninteresting main character for whom I can find no sympathy whatsoever drag this title down. The almost complete lack of follow up to the Red Blood Clan storyline and Yemong Hong hurt it as well. It's not terrible. It's just not terribly interesting.
Mania Grade: C
Art Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: CPM Press
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