Considered in Japan the Godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka presents a 800+ page tale of tragedy, manipulation and self-worth. Tezuka is probably best known in the U.S. for his creation, Tetsuwan Atomu (Little Atom) who became ASTRO BOY in the American version. You won't find any flying robots or the like in this graphic novel epic.
Dr. Kirihito Osanai is sent to a remote village to look into a little known disease but always fatal disease. Called Monmow, the disease effects the skeletal system and other organs gradually transforming the victim into a dog-like creature. Osanai's mentor, Dr. Tatsugaura believes the disease is contagious and, envious of Osanai sends him to the village to be purposefully exposed. The story follows Kirihito, his friends, fiance and others who either sympathize with or take advantage of the doctor's transformation.
Response to the 'novel' has been mixed with both positive and mildly critical reviews. Personally, I would easily give the book a Four Star rating.
I'll probably remind you at least one more time, but next weekend is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Check the link over on the Right or do a quick Google search to find your local store and see if they are taking part.