Reviewed by: Priss
Released by: Kodansha USA / Kodansha Comics
Publishing Country: USA
Author: Ryumon Ryou, Megumi Koji
Age Rating: 13+
Page Count: 200
Taka Fujimaru may seem like a regular high school student, but behind the cheery facade lies a genius hacker by the name of Falcon. When his father is framed for murder, Falcon uses his brilliant hacking skills to try and protect his sister and clear his father's name. However, he finds that his father, an agent in an elite government agency, was involved with something far more complex than a simple murder. A terrorist group is plotting against the city of Tokyo and it is up to Falcon, with the help of his friends, to unravel the twisted plans to kill millions.
Taka Fujimaru exudes the image of an underachiever but behind his commonplace exterior, he hides – renowned for his remarkable talent as a hacker as he assumes his online alter-ego, the champion of justice "Falcon".
He perpetuates a feckless façade in the midst of the school newspaper club, while surreptitiously gathering intelligence on injustice and occasionally part-timing as a hacker for hire. His father, while proud of his son's exceptional talent and interest in his work, strives to restrict Fujimaru's activities for the sake of his son's own safety. Working in the intelligence business himself, he knows only too well just how dangerous some information can be.
The artwork is crisp and conducive to a fast paced narrative of intrigue, human and computer interfaces. Artist Kouji Megumi has captured the mysterious woman archetype perfectly. The voluptuous villain of this manga is a real beauty and a total femme fatale.
The story has one hell of a hook as our hero is left with a mysterious phrase to follow - his adventure unfolds in the style of a classic thriller, with one line uttered by his father before he disappears "Bloody Monday".