Bound To Stay Bound

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 One-Punch Man 1 (One-Punch Man (Manga))
 Author: ONE

 Publisher:  Viz Media (2015)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 189 p., ill. (chiefly col.), 19 cm

 BTSB No: 690213 ISBN: 9781421585642
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Superheroes -- Fiction
 Cyborgs -- Fiction
 Ability -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $8.19

Every time a promising villain appears, Saitama beats the snot out of 'em with one punch! Can he 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? In manga graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Murata, Yusuke
Gaubatz, James

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2015 Gr 7 Up—Saitama is a young hero who has reached his boredom threshold. He is so powerful that he can now defeat anyone with one punch, and he doesn't feel challenged anymore. Saitama is too strong for his own good, identifying himself as someone who is "a hero for fun," but he's no longer able to feel the emotional satisfaction earned by doing good deeds. Listless and unchallenged, the protagonist spends a lot of time fighting a wide variety of outlandish opponents who ridicule him for his bad attitude and because he's bald. The book is filled with over-the-top cartoony violence, and Murata's illustrations exude destructive energy. Readers are less likely to see blood and more likely to see something (or someone) blown to smithereens. In many ways, this story feels as though it was created inside the id of a 12-year-old boy who spent too much time playing with superhero and supervillain action figures. There isn't a lot of emotional development here, which is appropriate for a manga titled One-Punch Man. VERDICT The story is fast-paced, humorous, and entertaining in a way that looks and feels like an action movie.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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