REVIEW: Stephen Coffey's Pogoroboto Volume 2

 Story by: Stephen Paul Coffey
Art by: Stephen Paul Coffey
Cover by: Stephen Paul Coffey
Publisher: Stephen Paul Coffey
Book Description: In the second volume of the Pogoroboto series we catch up with Bobby as he tries to fight the killer within and do some good for the city. He becomes the Dusk Pogo and goes head to head with the new killer in town.
I’d imagine that the shot in the dark that Coffey took with the first volume was one that felt like a bet that paid off following the almost universal acclaim that I have heard back from those I have spoken to who read it. On the face of it the first book had little going for it in the sense that the art wasn’t very refined, the story was about a bunch of robots and even the creator wasn’t sure if it was something that would hit. But in what it lacked it more than made up for with a razor sharp story that delivered to us a tale that ensured the book carved out a little niche for itself.
Fast forward to the release of the second volume where the cult hero from the first volume, Bobby, who has embraced a Bat-style persona intermingled with part Charles Manson, has to go toe to toe with a killer in his city and ensure that he is the one who has to come out on top. Coffey’s script is rather blue in places which we now accept as the norm following the reader being caught on the hop in the first volume with how much language Coffey put in. As Bobby jumps from one scenario to the next you find yourself wincing at disturbing images and laughing at the same in equal measure.
Bobby is an inherently flawed protagonist. He likes being a hero but wants and perhaps needs to indulge his villainous side on numerous occasions. Bobby is like a junkie needing to move from one situation to the next to get his fix but gets sidetracked somewhat trying to discover the identity of the killer. There are a succession of great lines that mark out the script as even sharper than the fist volume so your enjoyment is almost guaranteed. Also, as a bonus feature of sorts there is a Bobby short at the back where Bobby tests his thespian skills against someone who doesn’t know any better than to not cross him.
Volume three is coming which is something that I am looking forward to of course. Coffey has found an audience with Pogoroboto simply because it isn’t like anything on the shelves and that is something mature readers want to grasp onto sometimes. If it isn’t something you have sampled before it is available on Indy Planet right now on PDF. Keep an eye out here on ICN for more info as Coffey works on a plethora of titles.