Monster 15 by Naoki Urasawa: A

From the back cover:
Dangerous men of influence hoping to exploit Johan’s frightening mind for their own shadowy purposes are also hot on the “monster’s” trail, and they’re willing to use Eva, Tenam’s ex-fiancรฉe, to identify him. But what will happen to Eva when her assistance is no longer required? Will her only chance for salvation rest on the shoulders of the very man who’s been hired to kill her?!

It’s late and I’m tired, so it’s definitely a list this time.

Awesome Things:
Nina goes back to Munich and enlists the aid of Doctors Reichwein and Gillen to recover her latent memories. The resultant session with Gillen is terrifically creepy.

Super Awesome Things:
There are two perfect chapters in this volume, and both feature Eva, believe it or not. In the first, Martin defies his boss’s orders to kill her and faces the consequences, and in the second, Eva and Tenma share a somber conversation over coffee. I adore Martin, and I really hope Eva’s on the path to redemption this time.

Confusing Things:
I still have no idea what’s up with a particular scrap of memory Nina keeps remembering, but I’m sure it isn’t good. I just hope that we don’t get some utterly kooky explanation that makes no sense.

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  1. Danielle Leigh says

    wow! Look at all this Monster reading! You will be all ready to pick up Urasawa’s new series in Feb โ€” unless, of course, you pack-rat all the volumes away for a marathon session like this ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. mark thorpe says

    Man, that’s a lot of reading. Oh, hey, I just read volume 18, wanna know how it ends? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. @Danielle – I am thinking I’m going to try reading both 20th Century Boys and Pluto as they are released. I’ve also got to read at least the first three volumes of Astro Boy so I’ll understand Pluto.

    @Mark – You are an evil, evil man. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Danielle Leigh says

    I’m *so* looking forward to his new books…I think I may go into Pluto completely blind and see how that all works out. I’m crazy that way…..


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