Pumpkin Scissors Vol. #04 (Mania.com)

By:Gary Thompson
Review Date: Thursday, August 19, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Nobles are people too.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Ryotaro Iwanaga
Translation: Ikoi Hiroe
Adaptation: Ikoi Hiroe

What They Say
Fed up with the nobles corruption, a mob of starving commoners hell-bent on taking revenge crashes a decadent ball. When Alice rushes in to protect the nobles, they only deride her, while the commoners see her as the enemy. Can Alice resolve the situation before it becomes a bloodbath?

The Review!

Disquiet born from economic disparity has finally reached a head and a group of commoners have decided to storm a ball full of nobles and kill Lord Paulo, a stereotypically corrupt economic director. Of course, as Lt. Malvin is in attendance, this plan will not go accordingly.
 
Lt. Malvin herself, as well as the other members of the Pumpkin Scissors, attempt to get a hold on the situation by deflecting the anger of the villagers. There is proof that Lord Paulo is corrupt, so they try to reason out an end to the hostilities, but that can only go so far. Lt. Malvin challenges Lord Paulo to a duel and a large-scale fight ensues with Alice and Oland fighting Lord Paulo's body guards and the creeping aggression of the farmers.
 
This volume is fairly well centered around the fights with the body guards and the rioters, as well as some philosophizing about the inequalities of a classist society. In terms of story progression not much happens, but what is here is handled decently well. There are far too many long-winded speeches and way too much standing around for a scenario that's supposed to be taking place in a violent uprising, but at least the art kind of directs you away from that. But the focus here is in the action, which is handled with as little complication as possible and is executed cleanly. The result is a swift, breezy read that, while still with faults, takes you for a ride.

In Summary:
Pumpkin Scissors is still not all that great, but sometimes it shines. I wouldn't say this whole volume is a glistening testament, but parts of it think about coming close. There is a lot to be said for a basic idea executed simply. And aside from the bits of extraneous uncertainty and exposition, there is a lot of good here when the author isn't getting in the way of the story. I wouldn't hold my breath that this will continue, but I appreciate it when it's there.


Mania Grade: B-
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translation Rating: A-
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-0345503343
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Pumpkin Scissors