monster, vol. 1
Brilliant doctor Kenzo Tenma risks his reputation and promising career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is destined for a terrible fate. Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing depiction of the underbelly of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller.
This one was recommended to me by a friend. I went to the library and found the first volume and now I wish I had put the others on hold! Grrrrrr
Volume 1 begins in Germany, 1986 with a young Dr. Tenma, rising star at Eisler Memorial Hospital. Destined for big things and engaged to the daughter of the hospital director he's also dedicated and hard working, but his ideal life begins to show signs of tarnish when he wonders if the man he looks up to is really someone worth idolizing. When he goes against the directors orders to save a gravely injured young boy his life goes into a tailspin.
Fast forward 9 years later and life is much different for Dr. Tenma and he seems to be happy with his new outlook on a doctor's life. But things that happened 9 years ago are threatening to come back to haunt him.
I was told that Naoki Urasawa is Japan's Master of Suspense and that's evident here in this first volume. But he's also really good at creepy. There's a few creepy characters (I don't want to name any names so as not to spoil the story for you) and a few despicable ones too! The other thing I really like is that I can easily tell the different characters apart! One thing that always bums me out with lots of mangas is how everyone kind of looks the same. Not necessarily main characters, but the supporting cast of friends, co-workers or relatives all tend to have that same look and I start getting people confused. But Urasawa's artwork is unique and distinctive.
The story is goooood and leaves you with pretty much no closure. What I expected to happen, happened, but that wasn't a bad thing and now I need to get my hands on Vol. 2!