Gangsta Vol 1 (Manga Review)

Title - Gangsta: Volume 1
Author - Kohske
Illustrator - Kohske
Pages - 181

Story - In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the “Handymen,” Nic and Worrick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

The first volume of "Gangsta" is one hell of an introduction into the city of Ergastulum. The two main characters Nic and Worrick are great for the main protagonist. The mystery between the characters backstories is what kept me reading. Nic is the quiet one out of the two. He doesn't speak unless he has too or has something important to say. Add another interesting fact about Nic is the fact that he is deaf. How did Nic became deaf? How he became so skilled with the sword? What happen to in his childhood? These questions are not yet explained, but it really makes you want to read the next volume. Nic's partner in crime Worrick is the exact opposite of him. Worrick is not only the brains of the operation but I found him to be more intriquing. Worrick life decisions of being a giglo made me question what lead him to that path? How did he get caught up in that line of work? There is no mistake that the revealing of the characters origins will be the focal point of this manga.

The manga exceeds in developing the characters. It also does a great job on the story. The story starts off like any typical crime story, however this one has a little twist to it. Not everything is what it seems in Ergastulum and for the sake of spoilers I won't say anything else. I will say that Kohske leaves the realm of realism and enters a little of fantasy that is refreshing in a crime story. Great plot, great characterization and the support cast is just as entertaining as the main cast.

Art - Gangsta looks spectacular from the first page to the last. There is a lot of close up shots on the characters. The close up's really bring the emotion of the characters on the page. The action is well thought out and adds more heart to the story. The highlight of the art work is the fight between Nic and one of the gang members they encounter. 

Final Grade - 9.0/ A-: Gangsta is a manga that you should check out. It has a fresh plot, great characters with a back stories you want to know about. The support characters are just as great as the main characters, and it has some great action.