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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 218
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-50141-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Pumpkin Scissors

Pumpkin Scissors Vol. #02

By Gary Thompson     June 27, 2008
Release Date: March 31, 2008

Pumpkin Scissors Vol.#02
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Ryotaro Iwanaga
Translated by:Ikoi Hiroe
Adapted by:Ikoi Hiroe

What They Say
The Pumpkin Scissors are the only hope for the battle-torn Empire. The nation is being threatened by new evils even more terrible than war-this time, a shadowy gang of ruthless drug dealers. These villains are poised to strike at the very heart of the Empire. Can the Pumpkin Scissors unravel their conspiracy in time?

The Review
Peace must continue to be enforced, and the mystery surrounding Corporal Oland seems too enticing for certain members of Pumpkin Scissors to stay away from. Things start off simply, as it is found that Viscount Wolkins' tank (which Section III fought in the first volume) uses technology more advanced that what the Empire has currently developed. Pumpkin Scissors are deployed to find out where this technology came from, as it's existence proves that there is some antagonistic force out there working under the Empire's radar. When intruders break into the Empire's military compound with an aim to destroy the Viscount's tank, and when the Viscount later commits suicide, it is certain that something it afoot.

Everything about this volume is better than the first. It's not as if everything has all of a sudden become perfect, of course, but there are marked improvements in every critical aspect. Probably the most important of them is that the story feels more cohesive. Things still progress in an episodic fashion, but there seems to be more motivation from chapter to chapter, so the story ends up being more engaging. It also helps that unlike the first volume, which I thought was blasé and followed some extremely worn paths, this one is merely familiar. Now that may not sound like much, but really, you deal with a hefty amount of familiar with almost every manga you read, so this is really a marked improvement. So there are still things here that are trite, but there is a good mix of other elements that are actually entertaining, something that was sorely missing from the first volume. There is more intrigue, you get to meet another member of the Invisible Nine, and the whole thing isn't focused on how many tanks they can shove into a book. All of those are movements in a positive direction

After the last volume, I simply had a hope that future installments would be better because of the unused potential of the set-up. After this volume, I'm now looking forward to what will happen next because some of that potential is starting to get used and it makes me actually care about what's going on. Hopefully, the next volume will bring another jump in quality so that this may end up as a truly excellent title. But even if that doesn't happen, with this volume, Pumpkin Scissors has put itself on the road of passable, but solid entertainment. And there is nothing wrong with that.


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