- Story: ONE.
- Art: Yusuke Murata.
- Released: January 5, 2016.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 216.
As Saitama and Genos slowly climb the rankings in the Hero Association they are met with the insurmountable task of destroying a giant meteor with the threat level of Dragon before it destroys City Z. And just when things can’t get any worse City J is under siege by The Clan of the Seafolk. Can the heroes band together to overcome these threats?
Not a lot wrong with this volume. The premise has been set, we are now fond of the characters and the writing. Not much here has truly stuck out to me to be a problem or bad. Aside from the obvious one punch defeat for monsters I’ve harped on since my first review, everything is fine. Even with the continued trope of a single punch dropping enemies, the rate at which Saitama is faced with new, interesting, entertaining, and generally humorous adversaries mitigates this monotony. I currently fear that ONE may soon run out of ideas for villains, and we will begin to see more familiar faces. Even if that is to happen, it could give way to previous enemies returning stronger than before, and that isn’t necessarily a bag thing.
This volume is filled with humor. Puri-Puri Prisoner is one of the funniest characters I have seen in manga. He’s so over-the-top, I mean the guy breaks out of prison when a villain strikes his fancy, and takes him back to prison with him to add them to his harem. The dynamic between Saitama, and Genos keeps getting better. Though Saitama is the master he doesn’t exactly know how to train Genos. And Genos is so young he can’t seem to tell the difference anyhow. This element alone is comedic gold. The art is as crisp as ever in the panels. With excruciating detail on the monsters, and surrounding areas. Yusuke Murata continues to outdo himself panel after panel.
One thing I would like to see more of would be perhaps a more formidable foe for Saitama to face off with. Granted it is difficult to gauge a monster’s strength when all other heroes are overwhelmed, and Saitama is left less that challenged by said monster. A more balanced monster is what I would like to see, more often than not the monster can only be defeated by Saitama, and while that is cool, it would be nice to see how capable the other heroes are. A small gripe, but I would like to see more of the other heroes.
The story introduces new and exciting directions. Just as we become comfortable with the environment, a new conflict arises. No matter how impossible it may seem, Saitama always triumphs as the hero of the day. It may take some time before Saitama finds the opponent he’s looking for but at least we will enjoy the ride in the meantime. This series gets better with each volume. One-Punch Man volume 4 is worth your time.