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Monster Vol. 3 by Urasawa Naoki 
12th-Jan-2007 11:59 pm
Urasawa, Naoki. Monster. Vol. 3. Trans. Satch Watanabe and Agnes Yoshida. San Francisco: VIZ Media, 2006.
          Summary: After being press-ganged into work as an underground doctor, Tenma pursues more Johan leads that ultimately take him to an orphanage, where he learns from a dastardly ex-East German official that the government was experimenting cruelly on the children there to inoculate them against compassion and kindness--but only Johan, who in fact kills everyone in the orphanage, was an absolute success. He acquires a new companion, the little boy Dieter, and continues on his quest, saving an old woman's life along the way. Meanwhile, Inspector Lunge realizes the only thing he has left in this world is to bring Tenma to justice.
          Comments: Well, looks like I was right about the Black Jack thingie. Now Tenma's doing surgery on the sly and saving lives that no one else will. I'll bet that will become a recurring theme. Speaking of recurring themes, I'm starting to get an intuitive sense for the underlying pattern that is taking shape in Monster: Side adventures for the protagonist and vignettes focusing upon minor character that lead to occasional revelations about the overarching plot that advance it EVER so slightly. Indeed, the pacing of the latter has slowed to a crawl, and, for the first time, I felt like what I was reading was emphatically merely one installment in an 18-volume epic series. I wonder how many more revelations about the past that help explain the present Urasawa is going to address before we start dealing with the future...? Surely there can't be any more after this?
          Notes: ~B6 paperback, first American edition, 1st printing; first published in Japan in 1995
          Rating: 5.5/10 - A bit slack this time around now that I'm getting used to it, but still worth every second it takes to read.
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