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MW (MW #1-3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,240 Ratings  ·  132 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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Feb 18, 2008 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Xian Xian
Honestly, who hasn't talked about this? Any avid comic reader, especially the ones that pay attention to the older stuff or the rare stuff, know who Osamu Tezuka is. Need a refresher? Just look up Astro Boy, which is possibly his most internationally known manga, more known for the anime. It's pretty darn old, my mom saw the show as a kid in it's original black and white television form. So here's a listicle review instead:

All of the Hearts:

- The beautiful artwork. Lots of lines and detail, ever
Mar 22, 2009 M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, comix
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
David Schaafsma
Oct 06, 2013 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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
Jun 04, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it
This is a hard manga to rate. I was debating if I should give it three stars or four stars the whole time (nothing lower or higher though). Gave this four stars as a final because one I'm a sucker for Tezuka's work and two it had a suspenseful plot with a decent ending. Third stars though for the length and at points it seemed choppy compared to his other stuff.

If you read this though you might think that it had a strangely similar plot to V for Vendetta and this was published in 1976 too. Not s
Jun 15, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it
Whenever a former child star attempts to revise their public image into something more "adult", the results are often mixed, and sometimes disastrous. I still haven't determined if the transformation of Miley Cyrus from Hannah Montana into inflatable cock riding Molly queen is a witting parody of this pop maturation process or its victim. Fortunately she has vocal talent to spare, so she should pull through just fine.

I thought of this while reading Tezuka's brilliantly flawed attempt at mature m
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
Moriah Strong
May 19, 2010 Moriah Strong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Apr 27, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
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:
(view spoiler)
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-esque gore, homoeroticism, homicide-for-fun, and mental rape. It's reading the map of a killing machine, who's still human somehow despite his fucked up, cold-blooded inhumanity.

See, I don't make a point. If you think A Clockwork Orange or Portnoy's Complaint makes you shiver, think again. When I read this book, I don'
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
Jul 29, 2008 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Maxwell Bauman
Jun 08, 2015 Maxwell Bauman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 20, 2014 Ang rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-graphic
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.
Jun 30, 2008 Frederick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
MW's story is horrendous and psychopathic, which is exactly the point.

A toxic gas created as a bioweapon spills and kills the entire population of a small island - except two boys, who happened to be in a cave too high to be touched by the killer wind. The older one (Garai) was a gang member who is thoroughly shocked by the events that he becomes a priest. The younger one (Yuki) becomes a psychopath.

MW is gruesome, as Yuki is the sort of murderer who kills with a charming laugh, endless cruelty,
This is actually my first manga by Tezuka-sensei's. As an avid manga reader, I've heard of him, but somehow I always tied him with Astroboy. So, God of manga, maybe, but more like shonen manga. I stumbled upon this manga in some local library and decided to give it a try. Now I'm glad I did! Why?

First, it has an AWESOME PLOT. The beginning reminds me of American Psycho, but as the story progresses, we can see that it's not as simple as "bored white-collar worker out at night doing a killing spre
Sarah Echo
Jun 28, 2015 Sarah Echo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Osamu Tezuka is often referred to as “the godfather of manga”, and his prolific career lasted decades and includes some very familiar titles, such as Astro Boy, Metropolis, and Black Jack. For the most part, his stories feature friendly and somewhat goofy characters, but MW is very different. The story is dark and disturbing, with no real hero to be found. But Tezuka manages to make even the psychotic and sadistic Yuki seem tragic and wronged, as if none of his crimes are his fault but are inste ...more
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
Kelly De Kesel
Feb 22, 2016 Kelly De Kesel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Het tweede verhaal van Tezuka dat ik gelezen heb, maar compleet tegenovergesteld aan de Boeddha-reeks. Dit is naar schijnt zijn meest duistere boek, dat 16+ geadviseerd wordt, dus dat zegt wel wat. Het verhaal gaat over een pedofiele priester die verzeild raakt in een complot betreffende een biochemisch wapen in Japan. Het verhaal is door Tezuka geschreven in 1976, dat in de nasleep van de Vietnam-oorlog behoorlijk wat controverse heeft opgewekt. Wanneer je het boek leest met deze tijdsgeest in ...more
May 19, 2008 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 03, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mars Dorian
It's weird.

First, I thought it's going to be a lightweight and fun thriller, but then it picked up topics like sin, homo-eroticism, child murder and even genocide. Which starkly contrasts the cartoonish style of the drawings, which still look like children comics.

Nevertheless, I had to read on and see where this thriller was going. I swallowed up the second half of this tome in no time.

The ending is wicked, but absolutely fitting to the overall style. MW is unique in that sense that it tries t
Noran Miss Pumkin
The ending truly sucked! Last 150 pages went down hill quick from a wild, strange 4 star read.
Jul 15, 2008 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-manhwa
Gorgeous art, creepy story, author needs less rape as a plot point.
Jan 27, 2011 dejah_thoris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Sep 26, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, fiction, movie, action
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
Jun 08, 2012 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Jul 21, 2008 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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