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Review: Monster by Naoki Urasawa

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Synopsis: Everyone faces uncertainty at some point in their lives. Even a brilliant surgeon like Kenzo Tenma is no exception. But there’s no way for him to know that his decision to stop chasing professional success and instead concentrate on his oath to save peoples’ lives will result in the birth of an abomination. The questions of good and evil now take on a terrifyingly real dimension.

Years later, in Germany during the tumultuous post-reunification period, middle-aged childless couples are being killed one after another.
The serial killer’s identity is known.
The reasons why he kills are not.
Dr. Tenma sets out on a journey to find the killer’s twin sister, who may hold some clues to solving the enigma of the “Monster.”

Date Published: July 15th, 2014

Rating: 5 stars


I don’t even know where to begin! I read volume one and two within a day and immediately requested whatever else was available through my library which is up to volume five I think. These are seriously so good.

I like the art. It’s mostly in black and white but there are parts in each book with color. It doesn’t sound like it would fit but it does. Plus the illustrations are top notch. See example below ..

By the way that’s Johan. He looks all sweet and innocent but looks can be deciving.

These books had me on the edge of my set the entire time. Thriller manga might be my favorite so far and I’m in desperate need of more of it.

Monster deals with morality and the question of, are all lives equally important? Is it more important to save a politician or the old man who is “just a farmer”? Are we redeemable? Can we make up for our past sins and grow to better humans? Not erasing our past but learning from it and choosing to be better because of it.

That’s Dr. Tenma. 10/10 would recommend to preform any surgery ever. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and I’m nervous to see where his choices are taking him.

Honestly I just want to say if you like thrillers regardless if you think “manga just isn’t your thing” you should at least consider checking these out. I’m glad I did.

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