What bothered me the most about Mail Order Ninja were the characters. Upon reflection, there's nary a single character in the book I really liked. In Vol. 1, Timmy is self-absorbed and basically turns into what he hates: a bully. His cute little sister is reprehensible in the first book, selling out her brother to the meanest brute in school. Felicity and company are understandably irksome, but even her bookish, abused assistant transforms into a distasteful figure. I don't care for how the lovestruck teacher lets her students run wild either. Several characters achieve some redemption in the second volume, but not to a degree that I really felt as though I was on their side. A quick perusal of the first book makes it seem as though Mail Order Ninja would be appropriate for younger readers, but I think it sends the wrong messages with this wish-fulfillment premise. Read Full Review
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