"...Forget Professor Moriarty or Hannibal Lecter; Johan could crumble them both for breakfast. Good Dr. Tenma's epic quest to bring Johan to justice involves bodies galore, assassins, cross-dressing, Nazi experiments, the Czech secret service, Johan's beautiful twin sister, a vindictive ex-fiancee with a drinking problem, a Javert-like inspector who cannot forget anything and one of the creepiest children's books you'll ever read. Urasawa is a national treasure in Japan, and if you ain't afraid of picture books, you'll see why. For those of you who like your suspense red-hot but with a beautiful beating heart, Monster
is for you. 'At last [the Monster] had found a name, but there was no longer anyone around to call him by it.'" -- Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
, 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner
From the Publisher
An 18-volume manga seriesover 20MM copies sold to date in Japan!
Individual volume releases consistently ranked in the Top Ten sales charts for 2-3 weeks.
Awarded the 3rd Osamu Tezuka Culture Awards' Manga Grand Prix, the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Award of Excellence, and the 46th Shogakukan Manga Award.
Inspired anime, music, and trade book spin-offs.
To mark the end of the series, an 18-volume box set was released in Japan in June 2002.
From the creator of 20TH CENTURY BOYS and YAWARA.