You know, the body that the cells of Cells at Work! inhabits sure has to deal with a whole lot of problems. White Blood Cell and the others often find themselves with their hands full ensuring that the body remains healthy.
The fourth volume of Cells at Work! contains five chapters, starting with chapter fifteen and concluding with chapter nineteen.A HARD DAY’S WORK
A cell’s job is never done! Between fighting off respiratory infections, dengue fever, and a serious case of haemorrhagic shock, Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell have been working harder than ever to protect the body from bacteria and diseases. But with new challenges comes new allies, and it’s up to all the cells to come together to keep the body – their home – safe from harm.
Chapter 15, ‘Staphylococcus aureus‘ begins with Red Blood Cell being chased by a germ; business as usual, then. However, it is not White Blood Cell who saves her, but another cell dressed in a hazmat suit: Monocyte.
Red Blood Cell is relieved at having been saved, but then a second bacteria invasion occurs from right under her feet. White Blood Cell and the other neutrophils respond to the threat, but the Staphylococcus Aureus proves to be too much.
However, Monocyte arrives and sheds the hazmat suit to reveal that she is Macrophage. She and the other macrophages deal with the threat.
Mast Cell ends gets carried away with her job in chapter 16, ‘Dengue Fever’, and dumps a lot of histamine on the cells. They go and complain to her, which makes her snap.
A mosquito starts to drink blood, which results in blood cells getting carried away.
Langerhans Cell saves Red Blood Cell, though he discovers a mask and puts it on. He gets infected.
Mast Cell watches on, unsure of what to do. However, Basophil shares some words and she is able to take action to help deal with the threat.
Red Blood Cell is asked to train a new red blood cell in chapter 17, ‘Hypovolemic Shock (Part I)’. Red Blood Cell does her best to show the newcomer the ropes, but well, Red Blood Cell is about as hopeless as you’d expect.
The body then suffers life-threatening damage, throwing everything into chaos. Regardless, Red Blood Cell remains calm and tells the newcomer that they should just focus on deliver oxygen.
The body suffers major blood loss, and as such, lots of blood cells disappear too.
The body looks like it is done for in chapter 18, ‘Hypovolemic Shock (Part II)’, what with the disappearance of the blood cells meaning that there’s nobody to deliver oxygen.
Red Blood Cell presses on with delivering oxygen. However, the newcomer believes that they are in a hopeless situation as the body temperature decreases.
Red Blood Cell refuses to give in, and as things seem hopeless, there is a sudden influx of red blood cells who wear a slightly different uniform.
We go to the small intestine for chapter 19, ‘Peyer’s Patch’. A colony of bacteria invades, and they take hostages. White Blood Cell decides to give in to the bacteria’s demands. However, that is part of a plan to lure the bacteria to a specific place.
Yep, I’m still enjoying Cells at Work!. This volume saw the return of some rather interesting character designs for the germs and other invaders of the body, which I like quite a lot.
I particularly enjoy how violent Macrophage is; you wouldn’t think it judging on her appearance with her rather serene smile and pink dress. However, when the time comes for her to do her duty, she does not hold back.
The blood loss in this volume also made for some rather interesting drama, and it was admirable to see Red Blood Cell dedicated to her job even when the red blood cell she was training was ready to give up.
That was probably the closest the body has come to death so far in the series, and it makes for some interesting reading.