Bloody Monday (Volume 1)
Ryou Ryumon & Kouji Megumi
Bloody Monday is a flashy spy thriller, but beyond those action elements, it's pretty meager storytelling. The characters are flat and one-note, leading to little investment from the audience, especially in characters like Falcon's sick sister, who the creators use shamelessly to try to create empathy. The gore and fan service is also ridiculously over-the-top. The inappropriately oversexualized teacher-spy (Maya Orihara) who takes over for one of Falcon's classes is especially silly when she interacts with the class, the male students lusting over her, unable to control themselves, and the females arguing with her, in a world where a teacher can insinuate that the girls' bodies need to mature to be competition, without repercussions (although the teacher that she replaced was fired for his oversexual behavior, so it seems to be a double-standard here that if the teacher is attractive, it's okay). The creators go just too far to cater to the male adolescent reader here, neglecting to base the story in any semblance of reality, and with little regard for the characters of the story. The surface spy elements can be fun, but this is one book that you forget the moment you put it down.