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Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1 (Naoki Urasawa's Monster: Kanzenban #1)

4.53  ·  Rating Details ·  1,055 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
La obra maestra de Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys) regresa al mercado español con la edición definitiva en 9 volúmenes de lujo que recopilan toda la saga de Monster. En ella, el Dr. Tenma se enfrasca en la aventura de su vida después de salvarle la vida a Johan, un niño que llegó a su hospital con una herida de bala en la cabeza en el peor momento posible.Este hecho ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published May 2009 by Planeta DeAgostini (first published January 30th 2008)
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Raeleen Lemay
Apr 06, 2016 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, graphicomanga
WOW I really loved this! Super suspenseful, mysterious, and Tenma is great. I love that it takes place in Germany, and the characters are super interesting so far. I can't wait to start the next volume!
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 11, 2016 April (Aprilius Maximus) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
*4.5 STARS* First read for the cramathon! This was absolutely thrilling! Can't wait to continue on with the series!
Erica
Oh, moral dilemma, why must you be so sticky?
Like blood.

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
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Murkypoke
Jul 25, 2015 Murkypoke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MONSTER was really good I thought.

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
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Joana
Jul 07, 2016 Joana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This was my 1st manga and i'm in love!
Tar (Smoke)
Jul 24, 2015 Tar (Smoke) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maravilloso comienzo, Urasawa sabe crear expectación y misterio como nadie. Estoy especialmente enamorada de la historia del mercenario y la niña.

Alex G
May 10, 2015 Alex G rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, manga
Originality
What can one say? It's genre fiction: the hunt is on for the serial killer.
Artwork
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.
Story
I just love the pacing of this story. Urasawa has really quick but evocative transitions between the different panes.(view spoiler)
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K
The volume starts slow, but by the last section I was absolutely enraptured. I do think the 2-volume repackage was a good choice, not just for marketing (though the heavier, bigger shape makes these books feel More Serious) but narratively as well--the story is fast-paced and absorbing, and I think it works better with more content in less packaging.
Paolo
Jul 13, 2014 Paolo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

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Almu
May 24, 2015 Almu rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, seinen
Mi primer cómic y mi primer manga. Y aunque no puedo compararlo con ningún otro, me ha parecido bastante entretenido, engancha y se lee muy rápido.
Es un thriller lleno de asesinatos, con sus fugitivos y policías, dirigido a un público adulto.
Kristen
Oct 10, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Death Note
Note: This first volume of the "Perfect Edition" is comprised of the first 2 volumes of the regular editions.

Edit 10-10-16:
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
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Niquie
Jul 15, 2014 Niquie rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, series, reread
I first read Monster years ago, when Viz first licensed it I was so excited, but I could only buy the first 4 vols. I was in high school then (or was it college?) and I didn't have a job. I didn't realize that, with Viz especially, buying a series years after it was over meant the risk of certain vols no longer being in stock. I couldn't buy vol 5, so I decided to wait just in case.

When I heard HBO was possibly creating a series based on Monster I thought maybe just maybe it would be reprinted.
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Andy
May 16, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read all that much manga, but I found this first omnibus-sized volume of Monster a compelling, quick read that makes me want to explore the other volumes. The first of nine volumes, this initial book tells the story of Dr. Tenma, a brilliant Japanese surgeon working in a German hospital in 1986. Tenma makes a fateful decision to operate on one patient instead of another, thinking he's done the right thing in operating on the patient who was presented to him first. Yet Tenma's decision ha ...more
Chris
Jun 25, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally saw the animation for this 10 years ago and thought it was awesome and when I saw these new versions of the manga I had to get them (thanks to the wife for getting me the first 4 volumes).

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
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K. F.
Jul 04, 2015 K. F. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely stunning, and deserves every compliment that has been attributed to Naoki Urasawa. His drawings look deceptively simple and easy, but his breadth of character and design is anything but. I can't wait to read the next.
Zuleeza
Jul 25, 2016 Zuleeza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Me before starting this book: yeah, I'm so in the mood for a psychological thriller. Haven't read any of them for a long time!

Me after finishing this book:
Gjori
Oct 24, 2016 Gjori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-real-shelf
4/5 stars. Great story, even though it was very different from what I was expecting.

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
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Brandi (Brandi Janee's Bookshelf)
I was not expecting to get as sucked into this story as I did. From the moment it opened until I read the last page something has been happening and new secrets revealed. This was completely different from my expectations before reading and I completely love that. I'm excited to continue with the series because I have no idea where this is headed.
Sandy
Nov 14, 2016 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Orione
Nov 10, 2016 Orione rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
4,20
Mara
Naoki Urasawa’s Monster is a classic manga series that explores what it means to accept the fact that one life is just as valuable as another. The series follows Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a brilliant Japanese surgeon working at a prominent hospital in Germany. He questions what it means to be a doctor when the director of the hospital asks him to forsake the lives of “less important” people for people that will benefit the public image of the hospital. After Tenma is pulled off a surgery of a Turkish ...more
Devin (Mostly Manga)
Holy crap this one volume was awesome. I can sense this becoming a top favorite in the future.
Rebeca
Oct 13, 2016 Rebeca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5 Stars

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.
Story
Oct 10, 2016 Story rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strange (for me to be reading) thriller that explores a doctor's sense of responsibility for the horrific actions of a patient he saved. I'm not sure how I felt about it. There were touching portrayals of but characters, but the main plot felt... rote? The art is strong and expressive, and while I enjoyed it, the main reason I feel pulled along is I am certain I am watching Dr. Tenma's fall arc.
Hemangini Patel (MyPetridish)
One of the most awesome manga I've read in a long time. It tells the story of Dr. Kenzo Tenma who is a brain surgeon in Germany. During his stay there he has developed a high social life and is set to be married to a German woman. Soon he faces a life-changing question, to save the boy that he was scheduled to operate on or to save the Mayor?? His decision to save one of them changes his life.

Soon he finds himself walking on the path of search and sleuth as he tries to prove himself innocent an
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Nemesis Gutierrez
After hearing many say how Naoki Urasawa is a genius in making manga i had to see for myself and what better way than to read Monster which is a suspenseful mystery.

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
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Ian
Jul 21, 2016 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always before I review anything I want you to know this series is rated "Older Teen" and has scenes of not only death but realistic violence and at least one changing scene(though you can't see anything really.) If any of things bother you and you are of age you might want to consider these before starting this series. Though honestly...it is not an overly violent story even if it deals with murder and in my humble opinion is one of the best series out there exploring what people will do when ...more
leila
Sep 15, 2016 leila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
My introduction to Naoki Urasawa, picked up on a whim from the library. A true thriller, more realistic than I usually go for in manga, but since Urasawa is often whispered in the same breath as Osamu Tezuka, I thought I'd give him a try. A truly spellbinding tale, reminiscent ofLes Miserables. Evil inspector character pursuing the eternally charismatic protagonist whose journey intertwines with that of a good-hearted but ill-fated young girl. That is probably the intention anyway. It's not ...more
Courtney
Dr. Tenma is a gifted surgeon and he's well on his way to the top at the prestigious hospital in which he works. He is put on the most high-profile cases that come through and thinks little of it until a choice made by his superiors forces him to work on a politician rather than a middle-class salaryman. The man's wife confronts him, pointing out that her husband had arrived at the hospital first and that, if he had been operated on first, he might have survived. Tenma grapples with this ...more
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Urasawa Naoki ( 浦沢 直樹) is a Japanese mangaka. He is perhaps best known for Monster (which drew praise from Junot Díaz, the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner) and 20th Century Boys.

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
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Naoki Urasawa's Monster: Kanzenban (9 books)
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  • Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 4 (Naoki Urasawa's Monster: Kanzenban, #4)
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