Friday, July 2, 2010

Naoki Urasawa's Monster: Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa

Dr. Tenma was an up-and-coming young doctor with exceptional talent working for a top notch hospital. But as he starts to see the corruption among the management, who treat those with power as important and neglect the welfare of those they can't boast the treatment of, he starts to buck the system.

The turning point of his career (and unknowingly, his life) is when he treats a boy who was shot in the head instead of the patient the hospital assigns him. But the act of saving that boy causes evil events in the future.

The plot of this manga is fast-paced and holds no punches, emotionally sending the reader around the block as it changes mood page to page. The characters feel very real and solid, as if they have a life outside the main story. Although one book isn't really enough to tell how well-done the plot is, it is very promising.

The art is not beautiful. It is simple and more like american comic book art then most elaborate manga artwork, yet it suits this story and reflects the cold, harsh setting and bleak life of these people well.

4 Stars

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