Sunday 31 August 2014

One-Punch Man Chapters 1-37 review

One-Punch Man Chapters 1-37 Story by One, Art by Yusuke Murata Review

From Viz Manga: “Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?”

As far as superhero parodies go, One-Punch Man is well done. The artwork is well drawn and the comic is just genuinely funny. One problem I have with the series is its portrayal of gay men  though which is just downright offensive and uncomfortable. The action scenes are slick though with the series doing some interesting things with the comic medium.

Narrative wise there is little to say, the characters are not terribly well developed, often being rather one note, though this is a parody so I suppose that is to be expected. The series follows a formulaic structure with each clash being more escalated than the last. In conclusion, One-Punch Man is decent though flawed work. It has its moments of brilliance though and manages to be entertaining, so make of that what you will. 

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