The Manga legend's series continues. By the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba, The White Lion, it is as important a work in Tezuka's canon as his multiple award-winning Buddha. A rich medical drama that mixes mystery, intrigue, suspense, action and a dash of humour, with a fascinating main character - a notorious scalpel-for-hire who keeps his caring nature a secret, preferring instead to be perceived as a heartless cad. Presented in its original right to left format, volumes three and four feature more than 25 exciting stories, translated for the first time.
PRAISE FOR OSAMU TEZUKA'S "BLACK JACK":
"Black Jack is a dramatic, nearly Byronic figure... With genre-spanning stories-horror, sci-fi, romance-and Tezuka's signature blend of drama, bathos and extreme broad comedy jammed together on every page, "Black Jack" is a wild but extravagantly entertaining ride that's far more accessible than the author's novel-length epics."" -Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"Black Jack, the tortured renegade surgeon who operates on the desperately needy (and, on occasion, himself)...makes TV's Dr. House look like Mary Poppins."" -Los Angeles Times
"The stories are a unique mix of an Isaac Bashevis Singer morality tale, and outstanding creative medicine. Though "Black Jack" is aimed at a young audience, it has maturity not found in adult works. It's a piece of comic art that excels in form, and message."" -Ain't It Cool News
""While "Astro Boy" is more iconic and "Phoenix" is more epic in scope, "Black Jack" is arguably Tezuka's best and most enjoyable work... [It] hits Tezuka's sweet spot where his heart, his head and his sense of humor meet in perfect company." "-About.com"
"Surely there's nothing in this series more continually striking than the artist's relentless, guaranteed depictions of surgery itself, happy rubber skin always peeled away to show realist meat and bone, minutely detailed organs mended or transplanted, then covered up again in the stuff of effortless napkin doodles... I found even the least of [these stories] fascinating examples of an artist casting his net especially far, secure in his talented hands and firm in his fame-ready to confront any malady, striving to cut away any harm, instrument tips sharpfor making flesh whole." "-Jog The Blog"
"'Iconic' doesn't begin to sum up "Black Jack"'s importance in the world of manga... I see a lot of Tezuka fans reaching for their wallets-not just for this volume alone, but for the whole of "Black Jack" as it's finally being re-released in the English-language edition it has always deserved. It was, and will be, more than worth the wait. "Platinum Award,""" -Advanced Media Network"
"Great material-classic crazy Tezuka with a bloody medical heartbeat tuning out the sound of man's inhumanity to man." "-Newsrama"
"Totally fun, totally engrossing. "Black Jack" is a page-turner of the highest order, and I blew through 280+ pages and I'm hungry for more."" -Comics212.net"
""To match the beautiful outside, Camellia Nieh did a fantastic job with the translation. The entire book was a fantastic read cover-to-cover that I refused to put down. Whether you're just getting into manga, or have been a fan for decades, it would be a shame not to own this seminal title." "-Japanator"