Gabbing Geek Manga Review: One-Punch Man Volume 3

One-Punch Man is the story of the world’s strongest superhero, a man who apparently gained all his power through simple (and excessive) exercise.  He fights monsters because, well, he’s bored.  Unfortunately, he’s so strong that none of his fights last longer than a single punch.

He has other problems all the same.

In the previous book, Saitama and his pupil Genos the cyborg learn why Saitama has received no recognition for vanquishing everything that got in his path, which is rather impressive when you consider Saitama mostly runs into these things by accident as he sits around his apartment, bored and apathetic at all times and with no actual wisdom to give his eager sidekick.  The reason?  They lack official hero registry.  There are tests to pass, and though Genos passes his with perfect scores, Saitama only really does well on the physical ones.

As such, he needs to actually go out and fight crime on a regular basis, something he doesn’t really want to do because, well, he’s lazy and mostly hoping for the giant monsters that his license doesn’t cover.  As such, he goes out and runs into more things by accident and continues to do things without trying all that much.

Written by someone called only One and drawn by Yusuke Murata, One-Punch Man is just quick, goofy fun.  I don’t know if there’s a direction for this series, but at some point, Saitama might find something that needs a second punch to take down.  I’m not going to hold my breath for that, but he keeps picking up enemies without trying.  9.5 out of 10 not-quite-unstoppable seaweed monsters.


Defender of the faith, contributing writer, debonair man-about-town.

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