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Black Jack, Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
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Mar 10, 2011

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Odd, but compelling read.
This series, featuring mysterious rogue surgeon Blackjack is a truly odd mix. The art is cartoony, yet the medical details are shown in an almost stomach turningly real detail. Most of the surgeries are so weird or extreme that it has a sci-fi feel, yet, Tezuka does his research, so all the details make you think that you think maybe they could be done.
The humor is broad and uneven.
Each story has some kind of moral or message and those range from very subtle and moving to hit you over the head blatant.

and Blackjack's sidekick/adopted daughter is annoyingly over the top cute, yet her origin story was one of the grossest in the whole volume.

Not always a fun read, but weirdly fascinating and keeps you turning the page.
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