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Gangsta Vol. #08 Manga Review

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Until death do us part.
Gangsta Vol. #08

Until death do us part.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kohske
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

What They Say
Years ago, Marco turned against the Hunters, submitting to the “curse” Constance set on him to live and atone for his sins. But the bonds of the past aren’t so easily severed, and now Striker has tracked them down, still enraged by Marco’s betrayal and hell-bent on making him pay. Meanwhile, with their partnership in pieces, Worick and Nic struggle to cope with the shifting boundaries of loyalty, faith and duty.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After a long hiatus, Gangsta resumes right where it left off. The situation in the city is escalating. The tiny recap at the front of the book is not nearly enough to explain the rift and shifting alliances of the characters. I was left confused as to what Worick’s trigger to return to his original employer was, I had to go back and review my own reviews to get caught up.

I knew that there was no future for Constance or Marco. She had lost an arm, he was already wounded. Their pointless, ugly struggle against Marco’s past and with no future to be had, the two just want to be reunited at all costs. I don’t understand how or why Constance fell in love with a man who was partially responsible for the death of her family. It becomes clear throughout this volume that there was nothing Marco was going to be able to do to atone for his past crimes. It’s amazing he didn’t die sooner, and it’s a miracle he lived as long as he did.

Constance does get a small amount of justice in the end against her tormentors. I did a double-take at what she did just to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing. I’m shocked that Kohske went there, but she did. The end of the story of Marco and Connie starts what appears to be the beginning of the end for this series. 

I find myself on the side of the police in this whole mess. Chad seems to be an honest man who has been trying desperately to prevent his city from turning into a war zone. The fact his two best handymen are now on opposing sides of the conflict, and their secretary essentially fired, he has no idea about. He’s left unable to do anything to stop what’s to come.

Once again, Alex is our emotional rock to center us in this bloody mess. She returns to the apartment with the understanding that everything was falling apart. She didn’t understand just how bad it was until she finds the decapitated body inside. Happier times with the handymen flash before her eyes, as she is left with a stack of cash as a final paycheck and a note which reads “get out of here” with “take care” crossed out.

Elsewhere Nic suffers as the Doctor gives him some experimental drugs to keep him going a little while longer, and Worick approaches Uranos with the head of a key figure of the Monroe family. If all the families who were supposed to be for peace with the Twilights are dead or lying, what hope for a future could there be?

Extras for this volume are a couple of short author comics, one mentioning how serialization was on hold for two years.  

In Summary
Gangsta is hurtling toward a bloody war, and the other side of that war appears to be an end rather than a new beginning. Nic, Worick, and Alex are finally coming back into the picture as Marco and Connie’s story comes to a close. We still have some sticky situations to resolves, as the political landscape of the city is a mess. Keeping track of the sides in this conflict is becoming increasingly difficult, especially since we’re dealing with a mafia war and a genocide taking place. I’m still invested in seeing who manages to get out of this whole mess alive.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A –
Packaging Grade: B +
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: March 19, 2019
MSRP: $12.99 US / $17.99 CN / £8.99 UK

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