A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers learn about the ancient tradition of mystical warriors, but it's all fantasy. And the emphasis here is on action.
This graphic novel emphasizes the importance of cultural heritage and loyalty to family.
Positive Role Models
Elijah begins to see how he's connected to an ancient tradition of mystical warriors and lets go of some of the superficial goals he had as an ambitious attorney. Hot-headed and impetuous, he still needs to learn how to harness his newfound powers effectively.
Violence & Scariness
Swordplay, gunfights, hand-to-hand combat, and blasts of mystical fire/electricity all are part of the action when Elijah faces off against evil Sirach and his minions. The mayhem is very cartoonish, with little actual bloodshed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The supervillains relax at a pool party that features many bikini-clad young women.
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"Hell" and "piss" are used one or two times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A brief party scene shows some of the villains drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 2 by Eric Dean Seaton and illustrated by Brandon Palas is a superhero graphic novel that features an ethnically diverse cast of characters. There are many violent scenes involving handguns, swords, and magical beams of energy. Sexual content is limited to flirting and one party scene featuring bikini-clad guests. Villains drink alcohol at the party. "Hell" and "piss" are used one or two times.
Is It Any Good?
THE LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI: BOOK 2 suffers from its excesses: too much dialogue, too many similar fight scenes, and a too-complicated backstory that keeps growing in complexity. The story is best when it keeps things simple, such as when it introduces a new rogue's gallery of villains to face off against Elijah and Noah. Those scenes capture the aggressive appeal of classic superhero comics. This installment ends in a cliffhanger that promises new twists in the concluding volume.
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