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Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 6 Paperback – December 19, 2006
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Lunge is closing in on Tenma, but his relentlessness begins to cloud his judgement regarding procedure and methods. Ev's life spirals further down the drain and Tenma himself continues his relentless pursuit of Johan.
Monster loses a little momentum for the first time in this volume, albeit just slightly. The first half of the volume is perfectly paced and full of the tension I expect from the series. The maneuvering of various interested parties and the way everything plays out is gripping and yet filled with subtleties and foreshadowing.
The second half is where things slow down. The jump to the college campus and several chapters of buildup featuring new characters is decently done, but also a bit jarring and a more gradual build than usual for this manga. There's also more of a "foregone conclusion feel" than normal in this arc. It does eventually pick back up with some twists and an intriguing hook for the next volume.
Though not entirely up to the lofty standards previously set, volume 6 is still an excellent installment overall for Monster.
Tenma is still on Johan's trail, but it's time for the long-awaited (and final?) confrontation between Tenma and Lunge, which started at the end of book five. The depths of Lunge's obsession are finally revealed in all their glory. Later on, Eva--one of the few people who can independently attest to Johan's existence--tracks Tenma to the secluded home of a mob boss with a fondness for French chicken dishes. Unfortunately, it seems she may not be alone... the volume concludes with the beginnings of a story arc involving a Munich university, a blind rich old guy, and one of his readers, who may or may not be harboring a secret. Where's Tenma in all this last story? I've no clue, but I look forward to finding out in Book Seven. Urasawa wanders a bit plotwise, as he has throughout the series, but he's a consummate thriller writer, and every digression has a place sooner or later. *** ½