One-Punch Man Volume 2 Cover.
Image courtesy of VIZ Media.

 

Details:

  • Story: ONE.
  • Art: Yusuke Murata.
  • Released: April 15th, 2014.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 200.

Saitama continues his quest to find a foe that can put up a fight and last longer than a single punch. Joined with his disciple Genos, Saitama faces off against the strongest warriors the House of Evolution has to offer, a gang of brutes who refuse to get jobs and even a ninja. Also in the bonus manga, we get a closer look at what Saitama’s training entailed.
The destruction of monsters with a single blow, in my opinion, is the only hang up in this manga. Even at this early of a point in the series this aspect of the story has no sign of changing. Not necessarily a bad thing, as it brings a sense of stability for our character and adds to the satire of the story. At this point in the series it is safe to say that this aspect will soon become an afterthought, and the reader will be able to focus more on the story and art and less on the conflicts.

The writing maintains its strong humor and not-so-serious undertones. Saitama meets every monster with a less than surprised demeanor and destroys them. We see a more serious Saitama as he comes to terms with just how empty his existence is with all his overwhelming power. A small and welcome glimpse of his humanity. Along with the humanization of Saitama, his character progression continues at an appropriate rate, not giving away too much too soon. As one dimensional as Saitama may appear, he is quite complex.

A great follow up to the first volume. The story is progressing at a comfortable pace, and characters are still being introduced which keeps things fresh and helps the flow of the plot. The art in this volume is as detailed as the previous volume, and even the art seems to evolve given the situation or the scene. I am very excited to see where this series takes us. Wherever the destination, the journey is sure to be funny and action packed.