One-Punch man vol 5 by ONE
Illustrated by Yusuke Murata
The Sea King is ripping through heroes of all class and size. Several heroes have special abilities, including transformation capabilities, but nothing can stand up. Then it starts raining and it turns out, the Sea King was dried up and the rain helps him power up even more! Sonic tries to hold his own but realizes without weapons he can’t defeat the Sea King. Left to his own devices, the Sea King finds his way to the evacuation shelter and busts a hole through the missile-proof shell. Genos arrives just in time to see the Sea King beat several more heroes. Saitama finds them all at last and has to save Genos from total destruction.
This was, overall, a really fun volume with lots of action packed into it. Saitama is kind of fading to the back, as happens when your main hero wins the battles so quickly. Instead, ONE is building up some of the suspense with other characters, some recurring, others one-offs. I'm tricked almost every time into thinking that there's no way Saitama can defeat these powerful enemies, especially after so many other heroes have been decimated. You'd think after hearing the same punch line (pun intended) over and over that this series would get stale, but it's not. This series is still full of humor and great moments.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
ISBN: 9781421569543 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Superheroes, Action Adventure, VIZ Media
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