One-Punch Man Volume 2 Review.

Details:

  • Story: ONE.
  • Art: Yusuke Murata.
  • Released: September 1, 2015.
  • 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. Just when things start to die down a gang of brutes who refuse to get jobs start causing trouble, and Saitama even faces off against a ninja. Also in the bonus manga, we get a closer look at how intense Saitama’s training was.


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 less on how overpowered Saitama is. Though I would love to see Saitama meet his match, we very well may see this in the future. Until then, we will just have to sit back and watch the carnage caused by just one punch.

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 of 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. One big thing to not get hung up on is the story itself. Some readers may be looking for something a bit more serious, or perhaps a story that is a bit more complex. While those things may not be found here, it is best to keep in mind that this series is a comedy, and should be treated as such.

A great follow up to the first volume, everything is still falling into place. 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. Though the plot itself could use some work, at this point it seems that the goal is for Saitama to find a villain strong enough to go toe to toe with him. 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. All of the fight scenes look absolutely amazing to say the least. I am excited to see where this series takes us. Wherever the destination, the journey is sure to be funny and action packed.