This is a review of Volume 2 of COMIC version of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" illustrated by Gaku Tsugano. Don't confuse this with Nagaru Tanigawa's original novel of the same title. (Though credited, Tanigawa only provided the story for this comic book.)
The second volume shows more of the characters' personal feelings and special abilities, plus "Closed Spaces" and "celestial." Here an ordinary high school boy Kyon is to know some of the secrets of cute Mukuru Asahina(s) and her star-shaped mole, and the ever-smiling enigmatic "esper" Itsuki Koizumi and his superpowers. There is an episode about Haruhi's ponytail and a cameo of Tsuruya-san (I suppose). Those who have seen the Kyoto Animation's acclaimed animated version remember these episodes, though the manga version is slightly different in some of the details.
The problem of this manga version is its rushed pace and illustration. The early part of the second volume goes too fast, leaving not much room for the characters to develop. Gaku Tsugano's illustration has become slightly better than in the previous volume, but some part still need improvement, especially the designs of a "celestial" which, frankly, looks amateurish. The faces of Haruhi, Mikuru and Nagato are good; Koizumi's facial expressions should be much richer, and as to Kyon ... well, not bad in the ponytail episodes.
The original Japanese comic was published in June, 2006. Yen Press's English edition has faithfully reproduced the original's artworks including the opening color pages. Translation is fine, and Yen Press didn't forget to provide translation of the FX and signs. The publisher even changed the font in some places, as in Japanese counterpart. However, some words look out of place, Kyon's expletive in p.142, for instance.
I am a fan of the series (and energetic Tsuruya-san), but I have to say the comic is slightly disappointing, after looking at Noizi Ito's superior original character designs. The comic is strictly for the fans of the Haruhi series.