Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1 (Naoki Urasawa's Monster: Kanzenban #1)
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We just got this giant-ass compendium of Monster and I'd never heard of it so was all, "Huh? Vas ist das?" because it takes place in Germanyland.
So here's the gist and you might find this a tad spoilery so maybe don't read if you're worried. I mean, it becomes clear what's going on fairly quickly and this tome is more about introducing all the elements that will move forward in the next tome, but maybe you don't want to know anything at all ...more
It is obviously setting up the story and does it in a way that filled me with intrigue and a sigh of disappointment when I got to the end.
I loved some of the stereotypes, like the evil Director stealing from his brilliant protege and his daughter, the heartless social climber and gold digger. They added a nice stable framework around which the weirdness slowly crept its way into the story.
If you are looking for a break from the usual fighting big sword blasting ...more
What can one say? It's genre fiction: the hunt is on for the serial killer.
Very clear, realistic and professional artwork; well-composed frames. Nothing stylistic nor artsy but that's not the focus. The story is the focus and boy does it rock.
I just love the pacing of this story. Urasawa has really quick but evocative transitions between the different panes.(view spoiler)[I like the cuts b/w Detective Lunge's face and the mercenary's face when they're facing each other off ...more
Urasawa's Monster is just one of those stories that can define manga as a medium, with it's meticulously crafted story and gorgeously detailed art. This is my second pass through the manga and I've enjoyed retracing every step of Herr Doctor Tenma's initial descent into the dark and twisted story of this angel-faced killer.
However, major props must be given to Viz Media for artfully reprinting the manga in its new Perfect Edition format. Every effort has been made to make sure that anyone buying...more
Es un thriller lleno de asesinatos, con sus fugitivos y policías, dirigido a un público adulto.
I've decided to change my rating on this. After getting a few more volumes in, I've really begun to appreciate these first two volumes, as well as the context that they give to the rest of the story. I think that I didn't necessarily enjoy the first volume my first time through because I went into this for the Death Note-esque aspects and a lot of that section is hospital p ...more
When I heard HBO was possibly creating a series based on Monster I thought maybe just maybe it would be reprinted. ...more
The story is still stellar and even though I already knew what was coming next, I couldn't put the book down. In this volume you ask yourself... How is he able to accomplish the brutality and savagery of his crimes? How does he influence people so easily? is Johan evil incarnate?
I really like Dr. T ...more
I though this manga would be about monsters, aliens, special powers or something crazy like that. So far, it's more like Scrubs than Attack on titan. The story is about a Doctor who just wants to save lives, which costs him his reputation. He then gets obsessed with a surgery he did many years ago and finds out he saved a killer. He now wants to save whoever he can from this killer.
The story is great and the ill ...more
This book was good, it wasn't great but since there's more volumes I'm pretty sure it'll just get better. I'm still kind of confused as to what the hell is going on and I really want Dr. Tenma to find Johan already.
Soon he finds himself walking on the path of search and sleuth as he tries to prove himself innocent an ...more
Bare with me here since there MAY BE SPOILERS although most of the things I'll say pertain to this first volume and you will quickly read about it within the first half of the volume. The whole plot revolves around Dr. Tenma and his resolve to end something he ultimately started. Rather than pursue a possible promotion in order to ...more
Urasawa's work often concentrates on intricate plotting, interweaving narratives, a deep focus on character development and psychological complexity. Urasawa has won the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Japan Media Arts Festival ex ...more