Children of war and ruin.
Art: Syuhei Kamo
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Schilling
What They Say
Spas has lost the sense of justice that gave his life meaning. Striker still lives only for the thrill of the hunt. The rift between their moral stances forces Spas to break the promise they’d once made to each other, initiating a bloody parting that will scar them both forever.
The final volume of Marco Adriano’s hidden history of savagery and redemption.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
For the radicalized child soldier to break free of his prison, blood had to be spilled. The confrontation in the warehouse in this final volume of Cursed echoes the last battle Marco Adriano will ever fight, bringing everything full circle.
Yet this victory feels hollow, dark, and momentary. So much of this series was one long battle, and I wish that we had longer to watch Marco grow, adjust, and change post destroyers.
The most satisfying part of this volume was seeing what sort of person Luca Christiano was. He truly was one of the only people in the whole city who saw twilights as humans. He had respect for his workers, love his wife and daughter, and kept the peace in a city that was constantly on the verge of imploding.
By the end of this volume, we have a clear picture of the motivations of each hunter kid and their personalities. The ones who survived and returned are the most damaged. Sadistic Beretta and masochistic, raving Striker survive because they have no moral compass. Minimi falls because he was doing this only for his family, who will get paid if he lives or dies, he believes. Maverick was just broken by her past, and Spas… well… I think he just wanted to belong and wasn’t broken or brainwashed enough for the lie to remain intact.
We discover what the mystery promise Spas made to Striker was, and why he failed to keep it. Had he been able to, then perhaps far fewer folks needed to die. Never let your enemy go free.
There are a handful of extras in this volume, an author’s note, and some comic strips. Kamo really does capture the look and feel of Kohske’s art style so well that had you told me it was her work I’d have believed you.
Marco’s story is complete as of this volume of Gangsta: Cursed. Everything the main story didn’t have time to stop and fill us in on has been told. Yet it’s a hard pill to swallow, the child soldier suddenly realizing that everything he believed is wrong. They never do tell us how Constance managed to look past everything that happened to love him, and we never do see how that relationship developed. Knowing how it all turns out for these characters leaves me feeling hollow at the end of this side story. What use is redemption if, in the end, the past can never be left in the past? Ultimately, this is a good side story to read if you’re a Gangsta fan, but it is best read before Gangsta volume 8.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A –
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: June 18, 2019
MSRP: $12.99 US / $17.99 CN / £8.99 UK