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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,024 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Comics god Osamu Tezuka's darkest work, MW is a chilling picaresque of evil. Steering clear of the supernatural as well as the cuddly designs and slapstick humor that enliven many of Tezuka's better-known works, MW explores a stark modern reality where neither divine nor secular justice seems to prevail. This willfully "anti-Tezuka" achievement from the master's own pen ne ...more
Paperback, 584 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Vertical (first published 1976)
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Well first of all while reading this manga by Tezuka I thought of a young Alain Delon playing the lead character in a film version of this realistic horror story. The violence is pretty gruesome, yet I also think it's a classic work by Tezuka (after so many!)

The story is about a young man who comes from a family of Kabuki actors who as a young boy is exposed to a secret nerve gas produced by the 'X' Country that is stored on a Japanese island. Basically he turns into one of the worst serial kill
This was good. I had never read any Tezuka before and I'm glad this was my first, due both to it's relationship with morality & the inclusion of the homosexual subplot with a hot priest (haha). I was actually surprised how just sort of remarkably "evil" (in a hegemonic sense) that Michio was in this-- especially for the fact that it was rated 16+? I mean, this is far more intense than most 18+ horror comix which are just sort of banal in their gore (sometimes not, but sometimes yes), whereas ...more
I came back from Winter Break to find my roommate Ivy sitting in our common room squealing. She had just finished MW for a class, and started raving to me about how much I would love it. "It has a man in it," she exclaimed, "who dresses as women! And he has no moral compass!"
She knows me all too well.
I was initially surprised by how bothered I was at the idea of a Catholic priest having sex with an amoral killing machine. That is to say I was almost bothered enough--not by who he was having sex
David Schaafsma
Tezuka got famous in Japan and worldwide as the master of youth-oriented manga. He was the master of this, the godfather of manga... but then he decided to branch out, to create fundamentally different manga for adults with realist, often adult themes. There are spiritual/mystical manga such as Buddha, there's historical/political manga such as ones on Adolph Hitler, ones on racism.... and there are dark thrillers such as MW that are complicated, highly readable. This one has a homicidal maniac, ...more
This is the book that made me stop putting Tezuka as Disney's equal.

Because he's beyond that. Definitely.

Forget the cutesy of Atom or the wisdom of Buddha. Read MW and find Tezuka's bordering-too-much gore, homoeroticism, homicide-for-fun, and mental rape. It's like reading the linkage map of a killing machine, who's still a human somehow despite his fucked up, cold-blooded unhumanness (see, I don't make a point). If you think A Clockwork Orange or Portnoy's Complaint made you shiver enough, thi
Alberto Parrilla Moruno
Mi primera aproximacion a la obra de Tezuka... increible como con un dibujo "infantil" una historia tan brutal en todos los aspectos no se resiente, es mas se agradece. Narrador excepcional. Mira que yo de Manga poco mas alla de Lone Wolf..., pero tengo que buscar algo mas del dios del manga.
100% recomendable
This is two parts THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, three parts A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, five parts AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE and all parts Manga. It is a terrifying graphic novel with depth, suspense and precision.
Published in the United States in 2007, MW began as a serialized graphic novel in 1976. I finished it last night, having begun it last November. I didn't read the folding flaps until tonight, however, so I have only just now found out that the man whose work this is was the creator of one of the very
Maybe I expected more from Osamu Tezuka, but maybe this is why this is one of his lesser-known works. The story was over-the-top and the characters lacked any subtlety (the villain, I can see with his having been robbed of any empathy or compassion by his brush with this chemical weapon, but the protagonist, Father Garai (yes, a priest) was really hard to read and didn't make a lot of sense). Its portrayal of homosexuals seemed - while once progressive, I'm sure - really dated and almost patroni ...more
Great art as ever by the master, the tale however was thoroughly disturbing; filled with human horrors. While this may be an expression on Tezuka's recurring theme of redemption the ending to MW still left me wondering ... The too-human dark undertones and that there was no subject left safe - (view spoiler) lead me to my rating of 1.
Astrid Yrigollen
YIKES. I actually did not finish this one. I love Tezuka's more innocent stuff ( Kimba, Astro Boy) and even Black Jack, so when I saw this I thought, "why not?". I will never pick up something to read from a trusted author without reading the jacket..again. I just picked it up based on the name alone.

I didn't finish it because in the first few pages it had a child murder, then his father. That bothered me, but I continued, not listening to the little voice in my head. Then when I got to the mai
Epoch tale. Really good psuedo-manga. The story was so exciting I felt guilty for speeding through the pages because the pictures were amazing with detail. Oh, and there's gayness too which is so refreshing to see in manga or any graphic novel for that matter.
Pretty fun read. Great intertwining storylines & plot twists, like how the priest used to be a criminal & was the ones who took the evil boys' innocence. Interesting catch, how this poison gas was the cause of all this threat & how the priest goes 2 great lengths 2 find & destroy it. Love in the end, how the twin of the evil kid is actually mistakenly shot & the evil kid lives on..! great storytelling. Def fun to see the priest character just go mad & get pushed to the br ...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
The ending truly sucked! Last 150 pages went down hill quick from a wild, strange 4 star read.
Gorgeous art, creepy story, author needs less rape as a plot point.
Moriah Strong
This is substantially darker than the other Tezuka books I have read--the Buddha series. Its a thriller about a bisexual cross-dressing sociopathic serial killer, so basically right up my alley. And the illustrations are nothing short of astonishingly good. There are a couple panels that are breathtaking--a couple that come to mind are one of a waterfall and one of a starry night sky. The details are expertly drawn, and its probably the prettiest graphic novels I've ever read.

I found Father Gar
If you've read enough Tezuka, you're familiar with his world view and his morality. Be prepared for it all to be turned on its head in MW. Possibly written by his evil twin, MW is an extremely dark novel filled with brutality as Michio Yuki strives to capture MW, the nerve gas that killed his entire island when he was young. His plan? Nothing more or less than to annihilate the entire world upon his own demise, of course, and he will stop at nothing to achieve it. Fortunately, he's the brother o ...more
This was my first Osamu Tezuka comic that I've read. I have seen a few movies that he has helped directed. So reading this comic seemed a lot more sophisticated than what I have seen of his child-targeted movies. In fact there is nothing "childish" about this comic.

The story is about a Catholic Priest, who was in an accident on a small island. A gas called MW leaked on the island, killing everyone on it except for him and a small boy. The small boy's moral had been "damaged" by the gas, leaving
This is the collection of a manga series from the late 1970s by Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka is probably best known for creating Astro Boy among others. This story is a much darker one than those he is more usually associated with.

The book features two main characters: the amoral Michio Yuki who spends the book kidnapping, murdering and sleeping with men and women to use them in his schemes and Father Iwao Garai who is one of Yuki's lovers and who is trying to earn forgiveness for past sins by redeeming
MW by Osamu Tezuka is a thoroughly entertaining graphic novel. I just finished it and found it to be quite, quite enjoyable.

Soon after setting down MW, I picked up Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. So I do not yet have an adequate framework to be much more articulate and informed about how and why MW is so good. Yes, I am that confident in Reading Comics that after absorbing its content, I will be forever eloquent and wise on the topic of comic criticism.
An intricately plotted but cartoonish (I know, silly choice of words considering this is a graphic novel) story about an amoral bisexual sociopath who also happens to be a cunning female impersonator... and dreams of destroying humanity by stealing the poison gas to which he was exposed during a military experiment years earlier. Then there's the priest who knows this man is evil, and wants to stop his schemes, but also can't bring himself to stop having sex with him, either, and actively thwart ...more
Osamu Tezuka is easily one of my favorite mangaka, and for good reason. His art is fantastic in its own way, and got me over the idea that 'cartoonish' and 'old' manga were bad. His pacing with the panels and stories is fantastic; he didn't draw too many panels or skim over scenes too quickly, whereas many mangaka do. He wrote many stories, that took up a wide range, from those that gave him the "Japanese Disney" nickname to... well, this. Another thing that attracted me to this story was that " ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
This is by the creator of Astro Boy?

I read that later in life, Tezuka wanted to do something with a more adult theme than the work he was best known for. "More adult" in this case does not mean more emotionally or morally complex. It is simply outrageous, blissfully disdainful of credibility, and full of sex -- hetero-, homo-, and bestial. It is also over 500 pages long, but I suppose all those manga that come in installments are this long or longer. Still it is an intimidating tome.

Michio Yuki
There might be slight spoilers ahead!


This is the first manga I’ve read by the great Osamu Tezuka and while I think I chose quite a difficult and unusual book for my first reading experience from him I have to admit that the story was incredibly gripping and I was intrigued for more. I already have Princess Knight as my follow up Tezuka read, which I predict to be nothing like MW plot, character, genre and target audience wise.

First of all, this was a quite difficult read emotionally and m
Osamu Tezuka can be moralistic and preachy at times, as in Phoenix and Buddha. I suppose that's why many readers are pleasantly surprised at this violent, sinister masterpiece. However IMO his sermon just shifted its gear and took another form. This time the messages are:
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Bottom line: At the core, MW is supposed to be a thriller, but I wasn't thrilled. If I were thrilled reading this work, it wouldn't have taken me several months and a couple of sittings to finish it.

I think that MW as a worthwhile read, if only to explore the history of manga and experience an unexpectedly adult-themed work from the "godfather of anime" who is most well known for Astro Boy. The plot for this work is somewhat interesting, and it was most likely ground-breaking for some of its het
pepe abola
"mw" is one violent fucked up comic book. once i'm done with this review i'm upping it to 5 stars. the fact that this even got published in the 70s is beyond me, but i really applaud tezuka for being this courageous.

anyhow, "mw" is about the two survivors of a toxic gas outbreak that wiped out the entire population of a small island in japan. the two survivors, a teenage boy named garai and a 9 year old boy named yuki, who suffers a side effect from exposure to the gas: he has no moral or consci
Robin Hallsmith
A really shocking manga from the father of the genre. Considering when/where it was published (Japan in the mid-70s) and who it's by (the creator of Astroboy among a number of other Disney-ish characters), the blunt portrayal of the homosexual relationship between the two main characters was both startling and strangely sweet, despite the fact that one of them is a psychopath and the other was a child molester in his youth.

Tezuka shows a sincere distrust of religion, politics, and the government
Wow. This has to be one of the most disturbing, fun and addicting books I've read. The setting is Japan during the 70's, 15 years after MW, a gas bio-weapon killed an entire island, except two kids, which were forever changed by the event. Allegedly Tezuka's darkest work, this story really knocks it out of the park with the shocking stuff. In the first few chapters the main character, Michio Yuki, who emerged an emotionless psychopath from the island incident, kills in cold blood children, women ...more
I have been on a Tezuka reading spree since I finished "A Drifting Life" by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who idolized him as the true modern father of manga and as the ultimate master of the form. The blurb on the cover for this one boasts that MW is Tezuka's darkest work, and it would indeed be hard to imagine a darker one, considering the soap opera-esque melange of child molestation, rape, murder, suicide, genocide, and nuclear/chemical warfare that surges through the work. It was kind of jarring to re ...more
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Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫) was a Japanese manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He is often credited as the "Father of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his f
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