Superheros, Corporate Sponsors, and Violence Induced Banter
Tiger & Bunny volume 8 continues the very curious, action packed, and more often than not comical story. For those who are not aware, Tiger & Bunny is about superheros who not only fight crime, but also promote corporations on their TV show, Hero TV. It would be if the show COPS was sponsored by Pepsi and the police had superpowers. In this manga volume, Tiger and Bunny continue in their pursuit of Jake Martinez in order to find the Next (the term used for people with superpowers) controlling the Mad Bears and subsequently the person trying to destroy Stern Build.
Like any good volume of Tiger & Bunny, volume 8 has plenty of action with our favorite dysfunctional crime fighting duo. This installment takes absolutely zero breaks from the action and picks up nicely where the last volume left off. As the plans of the Ouroboros are accelerated, the team of heroes rush to prepare to protect the city from collapse. This is no easy task when attempting to operate under the radar in order to prevent many exosuits from activating. What Tiger & Bunny does very well is that the story does move along pretty quickly amidst all the chaos and action. Which means that there is plenty of plot progression to keep the reader entertained.
What is great about this volume is we get insight into Jake Martinez’s past. I will not spoil anything about it, but it is nice to be privy to his perspective and history. While it doesn’t make me like him as a person more, having the background knowledge can really solidify a character’s development. Having that segment included within this volume really does help, and now that we have discovered the villain’s secret power, it makes things a bit complicated for our heroes in the future.
I will say, that although the Dragon Kid is featured on the cover art for the manga, she really does not play all that integral of a part within this volume. Sure, she is in it and still kicks major ass, but having her featured on the cover art seemed a little misleading. But this is just a minor detail.
Everything about the manga holds up to expectations. The art is on point, it doesn’t ignore any of the important characters, and maintains the overall tone of the series. We even are left with enough of a cliffhanger to entice the reader into wanting much more. So the question becomes, should you go pick up the latest installment in the manga series? We think so. It holds true to the pacing and tone of all the other Tiger & Bunny volumes and moves forward enough in the plot to warrant grabbing a copy.
Original Script: Masafumi Nishida
Original Character Design: Masakazu Katsura
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: 11/10/15
Disclaimer: A copy of Tiger & Bunny Volume 8 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.Tweet