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Monster, Vol. 1: The Perfect Edition Paperback – July 15, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Soviet-era spy mystery meets medical drama in this manga about a young doctor struggling to navigate the world of professional politics and murder. Dr. Tenma is the third son in a family of doctors, who left Japan years ago to work under his idol in a hospital in Dusseldorf, Germany. His brilliance in surgery is matched only by his kindness to his patients, and his sense of obligation to everyone who comes through the door. He's on the fast track to promotion and power, until he refuses the hospital director's order to leave the victim of a brutal crime on the table and go help the mayor instead. Suddenly he goes from the cusp of a bright future to a grunt. His fiancée leaves him, his promotion is given away, and his patients are removed from his care. But when the men who took everything from Tenma wind up suddenly dead, he's set down a path that will change his life forever. This volume will please manga fans who crave history and humans over fantasy and fighting. The art is well done; characters are clearly defined from each other, with exaggerated features (noses, eyebrows, hair) that look perfectly in place in a 1980s flashback. Younger readers should be warned of violence (mostly off-screen), death, and murder. A good supplemental purchase for anime clubs.—Clair Segal, Horace Mann School, New York City
About the Author
Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans more than twenty years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of Japan. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with BETA! in 1983 and hasn't stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic comedy (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple ARMY; story by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story (Monster), a sci-fi adventure manga (20th Century Boys), and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka (Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka; co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions). Many of his books have spawned popular animated and live-action TV programs and films, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films based on 20th Century Boys. No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa received the 2011 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and also received the Kodansha Manga Award. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga.
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This volume covers the first 16 chapters, ending with "One Soldier and One Girl." The quality of the manga is excellent. It has the same paper quality and size as Pluto, which was also created by Naoki Urasawa. This means that the pages feel nice and durable, and the pictures/text are big and crisp. Best of all, it has colored pages at the beginning and end of the book! Also note that this volume is twice as thick and a little bigger than the original volumes, yet still very easy to handle.
Definitely check this out if you are a fan of Monster, even if you have the original volumes. Personally, I prefer the new cover art, size, and paper quality of this volume. Just amazing overall.
I don't think I could have picked a better entry to manga.
The story managed to grip me within the first few pages with its dark themes, and even darker characters. The pace of this volume is great. It slowly builds up tension and hits you up over the head with shocking, memorable moments. The book had me caring for characters in a short amount of time, something few books or shows are capable of doing.The imagery and art is incredible. There really isn't anything to complain about. The quality of the book itself is excellent. The addition of colored pages were nice also. I can't wait to see the continuation of this series.
An hour after it came in and I am already over halfway through the first volume. Good read, even for people who don't usually read manga.
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