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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 218
  • ISBN: 978-1-4215-0970-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Monster

Monster Vol. #11

By Sakura Eries     November 14, 2007
Release Date: October 30, 2007

Monster Vol.#11
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Naoki Urasawa
Translated by:Satch Watanabe
Adapted by:Agnes Yoshida

What They Say
Tenma discovers two more pieces of the puzzle to Johan's past in Prague! Everyone is after an old tape recording of an interview with Johan as a child, and Tenma learns more about Johan's mother - a beautiful woman taken away by the secret police. And then Johan makes his presence known when a brilliant young detective of the Prague Police Department is accused of poisoning three of his superiors... with whiskey bonbons.

The Review
In a series of events eerily reminiscent of Tenma's fall from grace, Detective Suk finds himself on the run for murders he did not commit. When Tenma catches wind of the story, he recognizes Johan's hand in the events and goes in search of Suk. He tracks down the young detective only to find him and Grimmer in a bloody fight with the former Czechoslovakian secret police over Johan's tape!

Urasawa keeps you guessing and jumping out of your seat as he heads into Volume 11 of Monster. Probably the most chilling revelation in this installment is the truth behind the "pretty blonde woman" that was spotted at the scene of Pedrov's murder. All that I'll say is that it really, really creeped me out. (Hats off to Urasawa! I never saw it coming.) In addition, there's also a shootout at Suk's hideout, more of Grimmer's hazy past with 511 Kinderheim, and a reunion between Grimmer and Tenma right before a confrontation with the head of the former Czechoslovakian secret police to keep you riveted.

The one thing I did find a little hard to swallow about the plot was the poisoned bonbons that killed Suk's superiors. Somehow, in both the Tenma and the Suk case, it was only the superiors that ate the fatal candy, though others could have easily eaten it as well. It seems almost too convenient for Johan that the events played out as well as they had. Also, you would think that after 10 years Johan would think of other ways to off people. But perhaps he thinks of laced candies as his own personal calling card?

Regarding extras, Volume 11 includes a three-page diagram detailing the connections between the different characters and a story synopsis, which at this point is quite handy considering the intricacies of the plot. Also, the translation rating was dropped because Detective Suk was introduced in Volume 10 as Jon Suk, but in this volume, he is called Jan Suk.


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