This is the 5th volume of Naoki Urasawa’s manga, Master Keaton, which follows Taichi Keaton as he investigates different cases involving insurance fraud. This opens up the reader to a vast array of different cultures as Keaton travels around the globe, using his background in archaeology and his skills as a British SAS to solve these cases. It’s a great series that mixes a bit of mystery, drama, cultural history, and slice of life.
This volume of Master Keaton starts off with a two-chapter story involving Elsa Lanchester. Keaton has to figure out how Elsa is connected to a murder that involves an invasion of movie monsters, such as Frankenstein. However, there’s someone behind those masks and it is part of the mystery that Keaton has to solve. After this we are treated to the story of the Ghost of the Falklands War, centering around a person by the name of David Bobbid from the Planet Pryderi! Yes, he even introduces himself as such and he wears a pig mask. David lives in a forest and is awaiting for the return of a flying saucer to bring him back “home.” How this man wasn’t taken to a mental institution, I’ll never know.
We switch gears completely as Keaton has to go to Iraq in order to rescue a British royal. This chapter references Operation Desert Storm in which the focus was a war on Saddam Hussein. Things never go well for Keaton as there is always a monkey wrench thrown into every mission he’s sent on and this one is no exception as an Iraqi war hero gets involved and looks to complicate matters for Keaton. The final chapter, Mice in the Well, wraps up this story in a bit of a moving way and doesn’t really end the volume on a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers are not to be expected with this series as the volumes are very “episodic.”
Those are just a couple of examples of the stories you will find in this 13-Chapter “Perfect Edition” of the Master Keaton manga. If you are a fan of culture, history, and mystery, Master Keaton is a time-tested treasure to read. The manga originally ran from 1988-1994 in Japan and its stories, art, and overall appeal still hold up to this day.
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