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Manga Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency Volume 2

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency Volume 2 is set in 1938 and focuses on Joseph Joestar, the grandson of Jonathan Joestar.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 - Battle Tendency Volume 2

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency Volume 2

Written by: Hirohiko Araki
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 2, 2016

Volume 2 sees Joseph Joestar meeting Caesar Zeppelli, and the two of them don’t hit it off. Caesar wants nothing to do with Joseph and thinks he’s a weakling because his Hamon isn’t very strong. Of course, this creates animosity between these two characters, and this animosity is a running theme through most of this volume.

Another new character is introduced in Volume 2: a Hamon master named Lisa Lisa. She was Caesar’s master, and he and Joseph go to train under her in order to become stronger. It’s hoped that with some training, Caesar and Joseph will be strong enough to defeat the Pillar Men. I really liked the idea that the Hamon master that they train under is a woman, since that’s not a very common thing to see in a shonen manga series. Araki even talks a little about this in the special interview at the back of the book, and he mentions that having a woman in this kind of role was very unusual when he originally wrote this manga back in the late 1980s. To be honest, the character of Lisa Lisa this is what stood out to me the most after I finished reading JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency Volume 2.

Even though the animosity between Joseph and Caesar is a driving focus in this volume, Araki is still able to start showing some important development for Joseph. Sure, he may still be the same loud and impulsive character we’ve known since the first volume, but he’s beginning to figure out how to control his Hamon. Hopefully Joseph will eventually be able to learn how to control his temper and impulsiveness as well.

Once again, Araki utilizes some music references for naming his characters. Lisa Lisa likely gets her name from Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. Her servants are named Messina and Loggins, after Jim Messina and Kenny Loggins from Loggins and Messina. The three Pillar Men awakened in this volume also seem to get their names from music: Esidisi (AC/DC), Wamuu (Wham!), and Kars (The Cars).

When it comes to the art, Araki continues to have a very distinctive style that draws the reader into the story. The images also look very sharp, and there are times when it almost feels as if the characters are about to leap off the page.

Readers who follow the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series should enjoy what they read in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency Volume 2. Not only does it progress the second story arc, it also includes the action, fights, and humor that fans have come to expect from the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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