By the mid 23rd century, the foolish decisions of mankind have led to the collapse of Earth's environment; humanity and all life on Earth are extinct. In the hopes of someday restoring the world to what it used to be, man, before being wiped off the face of the planet, built an immense tower. Inside lives Louis, a supercomputer charged with keeping the DNA of all living things safe until a time comes for it to be released and restored. This is his story - a story that spans millions of years and beyond.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
This is an odd one, as they're both completely different in just about every aspect but what they share is story, in a sense that it's not only a work of art, but a masterpiece as a whole.
From Phoenix's larger than life epic that spans multiple eras to Monster's modern setting, both tell a tale that feels like it's something more; something grander; something that's so majestic and beautiful that they can only rarely be surpassed.
In their genres, they're some of the best you can read. Both by legendary mangaka, Monster and Phoenix share a splendor that words can only barely do justice to. If you've read one and want something that's an equal to it, then this is your ticket. If you've read neither, than grab a volume and enjoy the ride.