When it comes to manga, the first volume is tough. You have to introduce a boatload of important characters, quickly flesh them out, set up your overarching plot line (if you have one), and keep everyone interested. If you're doing a comedy manga, then you also have to be funny
Fortunately, this is something that the first volume of Hayate the Combat Butler succeeds at. The story follows Hayate Ayasaki, a poor (literally) schmuck saddled with a $15 million debt from his parents, who left him as collateral. After his his attempt to kidnap wealthy heiress Nagi Sanzenin goes hilariously awry, he ends up working as her butler, and owing her the money instead. Hilarity and romantic comedy hyjinks ensue.
The art is fairly well done, and unlike most comedy series these days, doesn't rely much on the fan-service. Even the rejected fan-service panel that's an extra in this volume is relatively tame by the standards of the genre. Similarly, while there is a certain degree of self-referential humor for the genre, it's fairly minor. We get a reference to Dragonball Z
, and another to A Dog of Flanders
. However, both references are made fairly clear, and even if you don't get them, they're done well enough that the jokes are funny even if you don't get the reference.
All in all, if you're looking for a fairly light and fluffy comedy manga, you can do much worse then then the first volume of Hayate the Combat Butler and, I'd dare say, you might find it a little tricky to do better.