Gangsta: Volume 6 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux
May 16, 2015 - 20:48
Publisher(s): Viz Media
Writer(s): Kohske, Katherine Schilling
Letterer(s): Eric Erbes
$12.99 U.S., $14.99 CAN, £8.99 U.K., 194pp, B&W, paperback
Rating: M (Mature)
Gangsta Volume 6 cover image is courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.
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Rated “M” for “Mature”
Ergastulum is a tough city because it is filled with mafia types, petty thieves, and everything in between. The law of violence takes precedence over the rule of law. Thirty-four-year-old Nicolas “Nic” Brown and 35-year-old Worick Arcangelo are “Handymen.” They are the guys who take care of the jobs no one else will handle – from mundane deliveries to extrajudicial killings.
As Gangsta, Vol. 6 (Chapters 29 to 34) opens, those who were killed during the Hunters and the Destroyers' (a group of Hunters) rampage through the Twilight community are buried. Galahad Woehner watches a video recording of a message from Doug, one of the Twilights who lost his life. Erica and Mikhail (“the Brat”) still stalk the city leaving a trail of dead Twilights in their wake.
Nicolas, a Twilight, decides to hunt the two, and he seeks Dr. Theo's help to obtain something that will make him stronger, but at a terrible cost. Delico and Yang follow Nicolas because Erica is Delico's long-lost sister. They will find more surprises than simple family relations.
THE LOWDOWN: The Gangsta manga continues its own violent and noisy rampage through its readers' imaginations. As with precious volumes, Gangsta Volume 6 offers flashbacks, but this time, the sword-swinging duel between Nicolas and Erica takes center state. Gangsta does not always offer more of the same; still, that same is quite good to readers of seinen slashing.
At this point, with more big reveals, I do wonder about the direction and duration of this series. I hope that it ends with satisfying violence rather than with a sudden, jarring end like Jormungand.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers looking for stylish violence will want the VIZ Signature title, Gangsta.
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