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Info:

  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Released By: Vertical
  • MSRP: 16.95
  • Pages: 312
  • ISBN: 978-1934287781
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Black Jack

Black Jack Vol. #11

Black Jack Vol. #11 Manga Review

By Gary Thompson     August 18, 2010
Release Date: May 25, 2010


Black Jack Vol. #11
© Vertical

Doctors don't cure people, they just help them get better.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Osamu Tezuka
Translation: Uncredited

Adaptation: Uncredited 

What They Say
Black Jack is a mysterious and charismatic genius surgeon who travels the world performing amazing and impossible medical feats. Through highly trained, he freelances without a license because he distains the medical establishment. This leads to run-ins with the authorities and unscrupulous, sometimes criminal, individuals. Because Black Jack keeps his true motives secret, his ethics are perceived as questionable and he is considered a selfish, uncaring devil.

The Black Jack series is told in short stories. Volume 11 will contain 15 stories, each running approximately 20 pages in length.

The Review!

The stories in this collection seem to focus on the fallibility of Black Jack, or, at the very least, the more "ruthless" side of him. While Black Jack has always been stern, sometimes you see more of that ruthlessness than others. Many of the stories here focus on his exorbitant pricing and his more questionable tactics. This is not a fault, as Black Jack would not be Black Jack without this, but this volume does seem to have more instances than usual. That's not to say that this is the only focus of these stories. Mixed in is a healthy dose of the more emotional, gut-punching chapters that put Black Jack in a class of its own. Chapters like "The War Never Ends" or "Pocket Monkey" are touching in unexpected ways while chapters like "Life Bond" and "Showa Shinzan" are classic Black Jack. Not to mention "The SL Called Life," the story that closes out this volume and was the final chapter of the original run, which is a truly exceptional chapter and a unique look into Black Jack's inner thoughts.
 
In Summary:
A number of the stories in this collection are not my favorite. There isn't anything wrong with them, per se, they are just as good as any other story, so this is a matter of personal opinion. It's just that a few of these setups don't strike me as deeply as most. No manga, no matter how good, can be everything to everyone. It's just the name of the game. So running across a couple less favorable chapters is to be expected. But thankfully, for every "Visitor in the Snow" there are two "Smithereens," and the strength of the best chapters can easily pick up the slack for any of the ones you don't care for.

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