From Japan, with love
Award-winning author and artist Naoki Urasawa, a manga star in Japan, has a new series out called Monster. Geared toward a mature audience, this book is a gripping hospital thriller, featuring the kind-hearted and extremely talented young Japanese surgeon Dr. Tenma. Defying orders from a corrupt hospital administrator, Tenma saves a young boy who has been shot in the head, sacrificing his bright future and his expensive fiancÅ½e in the process. It's only nine years later, after working his way back up from being punished for his noble beliefs, that the young doctor finds out that doing the right thing might have been the wrong move. The writing is smart, the sympathetic characters are well-developed and the story is exciting enough to enthrall adult readers at least as much as teens.