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"Chainsaw Man: Volume 1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by VIZ Media

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Written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto
Translated by Amanda Haley
2020, 192 Pages
Graphic novel released on October 6th, 2020

Review:

Denji was down on his luck, selling body parts to pay his debt to a mobster when he met a little chainsaw monster named Pochita. Despite barely having enough to feed himself, he took the little guy in and took care of him. The devil-dog paid Denji back by merging with the kid when he was on the verge of death. Now, when he is in great peril, Denji can call on his friend's power to transform into...Chainsaw Man!

Creator Tatsuki Fujimoto drops us into this strange version of our world filled with monsters call “devils.” This is a bit like Pokemon in that they come in all shapes and sizes and seem to roam around the world, however, that's where the similarities end. These creatures are deadly, even the adorable ones like Pochita. An organization is tasked with hunting them, kind of like a supernatural version of animal control.

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This is a pretty fascinating concept; however, it gets bogged down by Denji's immaturity and overall lackluster personality. He's been dealt a bum hand in life, but even when he gets a chance to rise up the food chain, he still wallows in his bad luck. His only real quest is not for a better life or to have a few bucks in his pocket, but to touch some boobs. Seriously, that's all he wants.

While this might have been great for a laugh in an ‘80s teen sex comedy, it feels really out of place in this day and age. There are better ways to get Denji's unrequited love for his new boss at the monster hunting organization than a lust for her breasts. It takes away from the credibility built up throughout the story.

The design for the Chainsaw Man is pretty epic. It starts out simple with Denji waking up from what should have been his death with a pullcord sticking out of his chest. You can probably guess what happens when he pulls it. Denji sports a total of five chainsaws (one on each leg, one on each arm, and fortunately, one on his head, not elsewhere), turning him into a blood-drenched warrior hacking his way through devils big and small.

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Fujimoto often depicts Chainsaw Man as a blur, with the sharp blades spinning at such a fast pace that your eyes can't focus on them. You can imagine a heavy metal soundtrack booming when the character appears on the page. It's super gory and pretty awesome. It's also not overdone as it takes a lot for Denji to pull the trigger on this transformation so every time it happens, it's a treat.

Chainsaw Man introduces us to a world of monsters, forcing its main character to become one in order to live there. It has a tremendous amount of potential if it can avoid the groan-worthy juvenile humor it seems to divert so much attention to.

Grades:

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Art: fourstars
Overall: 3 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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