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'Quick Stops Volume 2' #4 is a more comedic finale
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‘Quick Stops Volume 2’ #4 is a more comedic finale

‘Quick Stops Volume 2’ #4 features a heavy dose of Jay and Silent Bob.

20 years ago, if you told me the origin of Mooby involved sex, death, and everything in between, I’d probably say that’s not how idols should behave. But alas, Kevin Smith has written such an origin in Quick Stops Volume 2, which ends this week. Now that much of the origins of Mooby are revealed–from a sketch to its finding a home with rich jerks–it’s time to wrap up this crazy old woman’s story. What better way than to bring in Jay and Silent Bob?

In a surprise turn to open Quick Stops Volume 2 #4, this issue opens on the Quick Stop Groceries store. Randal is still manning the till, which establishes the time at which this story takes place. After the last issue, seeing such a lighter tone is a bit of a shock. Next up is a smash cut to Silent Bob and Jay at the Mooby World Park, which gives you a general idea of what this issue is going for. Considering the dark turns in the last issue, it’s a nice change of pace, but what is going on with the old lady who keeps killing people?

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This issue concerns cultish acts, ceremonial planning, and the impossibility of pinning down agents of chaos like Jay and Silent Bob. The story starts with the old woman who answers the door to a young girl named Milly, looking for her friend. That friend was drugged last issue, but thankfully, Milly is smart enough not to fall for the old woman’s ruse. Jay and Silent Bob, who love the Mooby World Park, are intertwined with these tense scenes.

'Quick Stops Volume 2' #4 review

Mooby World!
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This issue will please longtime Smith fans, from the humor to the gratuitous floppy old lady breasts. This issue veers more into a comedic attitude for a series that has mostly been deadly serious. There are serious moments, like the tense scene with Milly, unaware that the grandma is dangerous, to a ceremonial sacrifice situation. One downside to this issue is the lack of explanation for the grandma setting up a ceremonial chamber, but she’s bonkers, so what more do you really need to know? This finale also utilizes deus ex machina to resolve things, but given the lighter tone, it isn’t that annoying.

Ahmed Raafat draws a great issue, with solid use of black and white to convey shadow, depth, and the like. Quick Stop looks spot on, and the Mooby World Park is super fun. Environments are always detailed, and fun elements are thrown in.

One of the darkest and most sexually charged Kevin Smith yarns comes to a close with a good sense of humor and plenty of danger. Quick Stops Volume 2 #4 closes out the shocking tale that puts a period on the woman who invented Mooby while turning this into an epic Jay and Silent Bob story.

'Quick Stops Volume 2' #4 is a more comedic finale
‘Quick Stops Volume 2’ #4 is a more comedic finale
Quick Stops Volume 2 #4
One of the darkest and most sexually-charged Kevin Smith yarns comes to a close with a good sense of humor and plenty of danger. Quick Stops Volume 2 #4 closes out the shocking tale that puts a period on the woman who invented Mooby while turning this into an epic Jay and Silent Bob story.
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.6
The lighter comedic tone works, especially with Jay and Silent Bob back in action
Solid art doesn't skip a beat
Wraps up the old lady...
...but the lighter in tone does feel out of nowhere
A deus ex machina end
8.5
Good
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