The fourth volume of comic "Mardock Scramble" consists of five chapters. The first four chapters cover the "Paradise" episode (seen in the first half of the film trilogy "The Second Combustion"), in which some secrets about Mardock City and its creators will be revealed. The fast-paced comic has action set-pieces that are as violent and bloody as ever. The volume also has "Extra Chapter," a short story about a young boy in hospital who meets Rune Balot before she becomes a prostitute.
This time the comic's story is largely set in "Paradise," a former research institute now completely shut out from the outside world. There Dr. Easter brings severely wounded Oeufcoque for treatment and rehabilitation, and Rune Balot meets Professor Faceman (literally a face in a cage), a young boy named Tweedledee and a talking dolphin Tweedledum.
The fourth installment of "Mardock Scramble" keeps a good pace throughout, though not without some problems. I will just point out two of them. One is that the comic is so intent on introducing new ideas (Tweedledee and Tweedledum are in love with each other, etc.) that it almost forgets the storyline about Shell, Rune Balot and Oeufcoque.
The other problem is the artwork of the illustrator Yoshitoki Oima. He is very good at drawing gunfight scenes as seen in the previous volumes, but while his illustrations of the "Paradise" and its residents are acceptable, they obviously show that landscapes and creatures, ingredients essential to this man-made paradise, are not is his forte.
All in all the volume is readable, but not as impressive as the third volume.