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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood Vol. #02 Hardcover Manga Review

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Jojo Phantom 2Jojo’s continues its power struggle between a literal good and evil and grows into an even greater shonen manga.

Creative Staff:
Story/Art: Hirohiko Araki
Translation: Evan Galloway

What They Say:
As if Dio wasn’t diabolical enough, now he’s an immortal vampire with incredible strength! But Jonathan Joestar’s not one to back down, even when it seems like victory is impossible! It’s a classic battle! Good versus evil! Grit and determination against power and arrogance! Who will win?!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Jojo’s second volume picks up right where the first left off with Jojo caught in a heated battle against his adopted brother Dio. This volume doesn’t only show off Jojo’s resilience, but his determination. After Dio revealed his long con and put on the mask, granting him ridiculous powers, Jojo is on a mission to defeat him.

But it’s also an innocence in life and in love that the Joestar’s, or at least George and Jonathan, display. George is a man of honor and one that will always repay a debt. To George, he owes Dario Brando a debt that he can never repay. Even if it is an heirloom of his wife’s, he cannot in good conscious tell the truth because of the gravity of his debt. This in turn was passed to Jojo, who can’t help but feel bad about killing mindless zombies. It gives Jojo a sympathy in his character that really isn’t present anywhere else in the comic. He’s too kind.

This extends to his girlfriend(?) Erina, who hadn’t forgotten him from so long ago. She toiled away, now a nurse, trying to tend to his wounds. She sacrificed herself to care for him. It’s the same kind of innocence that Jojo has and probably why they work so well together.

And here’s where it becomes one of the greatest shonen manga that exists. Jojo begins training with Will Anthonio Zeppeli to learn Hamon. He’s begun the first part in a journey that we’re actually reading, because we skipped past his growth in the first volume with a time skip. This is a growth in ability, not in person though. The growth in person came in his fight against Dio and continues in trying to defeat him.

In Summary:
Jojo’s is so seemingly straightforward, it’s ridiculous. Characters talk as if they’re breaking the fourth wall and just talking to the reader, but it feels so silly that I laugh and love it. The story is as straightforward as a rock to the head, but that’s part of why it’s good. Even rocks to the head can have some depth to it, like what kind of rock it is. But in all seriousness, there’s stuff that’s coming with Jojo’s that’s just a brilliantly exciting story. It’s something that can take you for a ride and that you want to do again.

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: May 5, 2015
MSRP: $19.99