Underground Fight Club

JR De Bard

eBook - 2023

In Underground, Volume 1, Karim Yun, a biracial taekwondo fighter, pits his skills against New York's most brutal underground martial artists. Seeking revenge against the violent gang who attacked him and ended his Olympic dreams, he's determined to battle every colorful combatant in his path. His only obstacle is the illness brought about by the violent attack, which could kill Karim if he becomes too reckless-serving as his conscience is his nurse, who is trying to push him into changing his lifestyle but is learning more about the danger and the allure of secret mixed martial arts contests. Created by black belt martial artist JR De Bard, this sports manga provides a detailed look into the world of underground fight clubs. Expl...oring fighters from various disciplines with realistic tactics and movements will thrill and educate readers.

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JR De Bard (author)
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Review by Booklist Review

Karin Yun was a promising young kickboxer with Olympic dreams in his future, who tussled with a brutal underground fighter, Van Boucher. Left with a life-threatening injury, Karin endures therapy and difficult training to get back into fighting shape. But, in order to get revenge on the man who destroyed him, he must participate in an illegal, underground fighting ring full of equally brutal contenders who don't care if their opponents live or die. By his side is his faithful nurse who tries to rein in his recklessness, but ultimately patches him up after every fight. This is a ruthless sports manga full of violence and detailed combat scenes. De Bard deftly illustrates each move and often includes anatomically detailed injuries to accentuate Karin's struggle. Karin's David-and-Goliath struggle will resonate with readers who may be up against their own monumental challenges. This series would be great for sports manga fans who are looking for something gritty and dark. Lots of violence and frequent cussing make this more appropriate for older readers.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Testosterone soaks the pages of this ultraviolent urban martial arts comic. In pursuit of the sneering giant who challenged him outside the gym one day and smashed his Olympic dreams along with his ribs, kickboxer Karim Yun dives into the corrupt and sordid world of no-rules cage fighting to pulp and be pulped by invariably larger opponents--notably proud boxer Leon Espinosa, who becomes an ally and second protagonist partway through after deciding that he doesn't like being ordered to deliberately throw fights. Spatters of blood, sound effects ("WHAM," "BOOM," "URGH!"), and blurred figures capture the impact of heavy blows to heads and bodies during bouts; meanwhile the mix of vocal and inner dialogue delivers technical commentary on strikes and strategy ("A 540 hook kick knockout?!" "A one-shot kill liver blow!") that is supplemented by detailed views, sometimes even X-rays, of cracked bones and mangled joints and organs. Aside from Maya Kang, a nurse who attaches herself to Karim to doctor him between fights and be rescued from assaults by leering louts, the only women here are lingerie-clad and shown fawning over fight promoters, but De Bard provides views aplenty of strutting, tattooed, massively chiseled males to gawk at. Names cue some ethnic diversity in the cast, as do differences in skin tone and hair texture in the monochrome art. Gore-splattered lessons in anatomy as well as bringing the pain. (Graphic fiction. 16-adult) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.