Softcover: 303 pages
Publisher: Vertical, Inc. (2008)
Translation: Camellia Nieh
Rating: 5 out of 5
Tezuka, labeled as the "father of manga" on his website, develops a complex character in Black Jack. He is arrogant and brash, but he's also sensitive and patient. Volume 2 introduces Pinoko, a girl that he pieced together like Dr. Frankenstein and who introduces herself as his wife even though he clearly sees her as a daughter. Volume 2 also allows the reader to see a more humanistic and vulnerable side of Black Jack. I'm liking this series. It's complex and philosophical.