Freak - Legend of the Nonblonds Vol. #02 (

By:Jarred Pine
Review Date: Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Release Date: Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Story by Yi DongEun, Art by Yu Chung
Translated by:JiEun Park
Adapted by:Jamie S. Rich

What They Say
There is nothing that the Nonblonds can't steal for a client. Only the best can survive in the world of professional thieves, and Tublerun is the best of the best of thieves. Meanwhile, Chroma is the best bounty hunter out there. So, what happens when the best thief and the best bounty hunter cross paths?

The Review
Note: The following review was based off an advance copy, so no packaging grade is provided.

While there is plenty of fighting action to go around in this second volume of Freak, I was a little let down that the story took more of an episodic turn rather than developing something more substantial. Don't get me wrong, I like my fights too. It's just that when you have a futuristic world filled with assassins, thieves, android prostitutes, and bounty hunters, I'm expecting something a bit more than plopping down battles for the sake of illustrating cool combat sequences.

The main battle, taking up 5 of the 7 chapters, is a threesome between legendary bounty hunter Chroma, the serial killer Jaguar, and Tublerun of the Non Blonds. It entertains with each character pulling out new twists on their powers to overcome the other, but ultimately the results are meaningless. Tublerun gets his loot and Chroma lays down the clich�d challenge to Tublerun to come find him Chroma when he's stronger. Rather than carrying any momentum out of this sequence, the story then dives into two episodic "heists" that are very run of the mill.

Freak is definitely for the shounen battle otaku, those readers who just love to check out cool dudes and cute girls fighting with super-powered techniques for the sake of it. The rest of us will just be left a little ho-hum.

Mania Grade: C+
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: N/A
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: All
Released By: ICE Kunion
MSRP: 10/95
Pages: 200
ISBN: 89-527-4610-4
Size: B6
Orientation: Left to Right