One-Punch Man Volume 1 Cover.
Image courtesy of VIZ Media.


Details:

  • Story: ONE.
  • Art: Yusuke Murata.
  • Released: February 18, 2014.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 200.

In City Z on modern day Earth, a man finds himself so devoid of purpose that he decides to become a hero for fun. A single punch is all that is required to fell even the greatest of foes. Will Saitama ever find an enemy that takes more than just one punch?

With his incredible strength, Saitama has defeated many foes, including a giant crab person, two brothers with intent on ruling the world and a mosquito controlling psychopath, just to name a few. Saitama even makes a new friend in this volume. Also in the bonus manga, we get a glimpse at a younger Saitama deal with the struggles of being a preteen student.

The continuous fights can become a little redundant. Though I do my best to overlook this given the nature of this series. One-Punch Man is a superhero satire series after all. That being said, this is not a bad manga at all, it just may not be for those who aren’t looking for an overpowered superhero. Some may find it to be dry and without content.

Aside from the evident redundancy in defeating foes with a single punch, (or consecutive punches) I would honestly say that that only accounts for 20 percent of the book. This manga truly shines with the humor, character development, and the story. The well fleshed out characters retract from the redundancy by giving them humorous back-stories. The amazing artwork doesn’t hurt either. Speaking of the art, Murata has truly outdone himself with his work. The characters, fight scenes, and environments are all heavily detailed. Even in the traditional black and white format of manga, the art is full of life and jumps from the page.

I will not say that this series is for everyone. However, if you’re looking for a funny series with a crazy plot filled with countless unforgettable characters, this is right up your alley. If a more serious plot with more drama is your preferred genre, this may not be for you. Saitama doesn’t take himself seriously, and neither should you. This manga is sure to put a smile on your face.