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Book Title: Pumpkin Scissors Vol. 1|
The author of the book: Ryōtarō Iwanaga
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Date of issue: August 2nd 2016
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I read this 11 years ago, when Del Rey was releasing the series. I remember liking it, so I read it again using my Comixology Unlimited subscription. The series is half-off through 6/25, and I wanted to make sure I still liked it before I picked up a few more volumes. I can only find 2 of the volumes in paperback that I bought, so I just went ahead and purchased thru V10.
Here is my review from 12/2007. I joined GR in 2009, so I never posted it here -
Three years after the cease-fire between the Empire and the Republic of Frost, the Empire is still plagued by starvation and disease. Bandits and renegades prey on the populace, and life for commoners is pretty bleak. Enter Imperial Army State Section III, also know as Pumpkin Scissors. Their platoon is dedicated to war relief and reconstruction, but their job is not going to be easy. As the strong and greedy continue to overpower the downtrodden masses, they are viewed with distrust by the very people they are trying to help.
I enjoyed Pumpkin Scissors much more than I thought I would. It’s a solid action title with fairly one dimensional characters, but it has a certain charm that I found difficult to resist. Perhaps it’s the silly name that won me over. Just what are Pumpkin scissors? Scissors designed to artfully shred a pumpkin? A pumpkin armed with scissors? I don’t know, but if it’s the latter, I hope someone has cautioned it against running with cutting implements.
The story starts out with gung-ho Alice L Malvin, the commanding officer of the Imperial State Army Section III, and her troops deployed to clean out a nest of thugs that have taken control of a dam. The bad guys also have a tank, which makes the villagers kowtow to their every demand. When drifter Randel Oland gets caught up in the fray, the ex-soldier is inspired by Section III’s mission and decides to join up with them.
We don’t know much about Oland, but he’s a huge, hulking man, and when he’s not in the heat of battle, he’s shy and like a lumbering ox. Once in the thick of a fight, however, he’s a changed man, tough, calculating, and programmed to risk life and limb for victory. During the war he was a “Death March Trooper,” an anti-tank trooper. I find the transformation from quiet, almost timid Oland to cool, fearless warrior fascinating, and enjoyed this aspect of the book best. Yea, yea, it’s been done before, hundreds of times, but there’s just something about a guy who’s willing to put everything on the line to do what needs to be done that really captures my imagination.
The setting is also interesting, as the majority of the population struggles to provide even the most basic of necessities for their families, while the wealthy nobles watch from afar, safely barricaded in their estates, indifferent to the plight of their people. Alice is an aristocrat who has dedicated herself to helping better the lives of the poverty-stricken masses. She is a bit of a contradiction. While she sympathizes with the commoners, she still basks in the luxuries of her position. When her father, who disapproves of her position in the military, points out her hypocrisy, she’s assailed by a newly realized sense of guilt. How can she ever hope to understand the people she’s trying to help, when she’s cocooned in such privileged surroundings?
The art is nothing fancy, but it works effectively to relate the adventures of the army unit. The battle scenes convey a sense of action and danger. The page layouts are a little boring, as there’s not a lot of variety to them. The pictures that tell this story are arranged in no-nonsense patterns, which, while easy to follow, don’t offer that eye-catching bling that pulls the reader into the story.
Pumpkin Scissors is a solid entry in the action field, which offers a satisfying read. With its likeable characters and fast pace, there’s plenty of adventure to get caught up in.
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