One-Punch Man is so good to me I recently reread all of the volumes. I love it. It is the perfect combination of weird, strange, and freaking action pack. I have never read a series like this, and yet it feels so familiar that it is almost like a blatant copy of a shonen series. It parodies some of the greats and yet it stands out on its own as something truly amazing.
One-Punch Man starts off with Saitama, an unemployed salaryman who just can’t get a job. He runs across a crab monster that’s looking to kill a small child who pranked him. Saitama at first doesn’t care, but upon finding the child he tries to convince the crab monster against it. What happens next is that Saitama fights and kills the crab monster. He then comes to the conclusion that he wants to become a hero.
After three years of intense training, Saitama has become the strongest thing since…well everything. He constantly finds opponents that are strong enough to literally destroy entire cities with little to no effort, but he takes them all out in one punch. (HA see what they did there?) The problem isn’t that Saitama can’t be a hero, but that he is just TOO GOOD of a hero.
You’d think this would be some sort of running gag that could be taken as a joke, but it actually gets really emotional. Saitama, despite his efforts to be a hero is treated like a villain. People don’t believe that he is strong at all, and only a select few acknowledge that he is a true hero. What Saitama does is take this hate and allows people to direct it towards him, despite what it will do for his reputation.
The series is drawn very beautifully, and it has a very interesting habit of using several pages to draw a fighting scene in sequence. It is almost like watching an animated .gif or looking at a storyboard for an episode of Dragonball Z. Unfortunately though, this can sometimes feel like you are getting shorthanded when it comes to chapters. A chapter may be 17 pages, but when seven or eight are all pictures that when strung together look beautiful, you don’t get a lot of story. Yet, it is worth it. The story is still told well enough and the way that these pictures are drawn are just too beautiful for words. Going through each page is not only a great reference to other series, but it is also just fun to read and look at.
I can’t recommend One-Punch Man enough, and it is one of my favorite series right now. I definitely think any fan of action and great art has to check this series out.
Luckily, comixology has worked with Viz and you can now download and read One-Punch Man online right now.
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