The end of the civil war signaled the start of the industrial revolution in the United States and immigrants from all over the world traveled to find their American dream. But what awaited the majority of them was poverty, discrimination and hopelessness. Manhattan, New York was full of immigrants flooding through the ports and the 6th district, Five Points, was considered at the time, the world's worst slum. The mobsters corrupted the entire area, including the police by paying them off; Five Points was the mob's territory and they were the law.
But even in Five Points, where there seemed to be nothing but robbery, prostitution and murder, showed some signs of hope. Luke Burns was a honest and righteous teenager who realized that the mob was the cause of the harsh lifestyle and that joining the mobsters would not bring him the American dream. But his older brother, Brad Burns, had become the assassin to the biggest mob group of Five Points, the Grave Diggers, a secret he kept from Luke for his own protection. Brad was known as the Grim Reaper and his reputation preceded him as a ruthless and skilled killer.
This is simply a very solid piece of work and it's worth reading. Here's what you'll get:
1) a rather unique "Old West" setting with a strong focus on portraying the harsh reality of trying to make a living in the young United States
2) a story of brotherhood, revenge and the pursuit of happiness, which is not exactly new or unique, but very well exercised here.
3) fantastic art that manages to illustrate the atmosphere of the story perfectly
4) a concise story that proceeds from start to finish without any major filler episodes. Instead, the plot moves forward rather swiftly and you'll find yourself
at the end of the 5th volume in no time. Still, the story doesn't feel rushed either and, thanks to different settings and a few sensible timeskips, the manga actually manages to paint a broad picture of the Old West in this limited amount of chapters.
5) the author also uses a few pages here and there to introduce a couple of historic facts about the Old West that become relevant in the following chapters, thus offering a little history lesson which blends in well and really adds value, I felt.
Reading this manga felt like watching a good old Western. You quickly grasp the premise, you have one major plot that will be resolved in a somewhat foreseeable way, you get a couple of great action scenes along the way and the whole thing doesn't take up much time to consume. What's not to like?
I've seen debates about the naming of this manga. I feel its worth mentioning that Green refers to Irish and Blood to gangs (I'd assume).
Now onto the relatively short tale of revenge.
The story takes place in the USA, during the industrial revolution. Immigrants are flooding into the country which has led to the 6th District of New York, known as the Five Points being considered the worlds worst slum and is an area which is completely under the control and the law of various Irish gangs.
There isn't much room for development with it being short, add 40-50 more chapters and I'd
probably be giving it an 8.
Only two characters get real development. I'm pretty sure the author planned on making it longer but reasons unknown he seemingly had to cut it short (axed?).
The two main characters are Brad and Luke Burns. Left by their Father (an infamous outlaw) 14 years prior to the story after he murdered their Mother they eventually found themselves taken in by the founder of the Grave Diggers (an Irish Gang) and now live in the Five Points.
Brad is an infamous hitman, who works for and was trained by the Grave Diggers and goes by the name 'Grim Reaper'. Brad uses a gunknife to carry out assassinations and is constantly searching for information about his Father.
There are only two things on his mind - Keeping Luke safe and getting revenge on the man who killed his Mother.
Luke works at the ports and is innocent, kind and hardworking - an anomaly in a world of corruption. He dreams of him and Brad owning land of their own and being free from the poverty they suffer. Luke is oblivious to his brothers line of work and ambition for revenge. He is basically the opposite of Brad but has significant development during the course of the Manga.
The relationship between the two is one of the highlights of the Manga but there isn't much depth to anyone else sadly.
Not much to say, it's similar to Attack on Titans art but much more detailed.
Even though it was short it was enjoyable. If you are looking for a Western setting then you wouldn't go wrong checking this out. I just wish it was longer :(
This work was like an amzing adaptation from a classic western movie to Japanese manga. Kakizaki Masasumi made such a wonderful piece of art.
The story was great, easy to understand without warped plots or difficult ideas that blow your mind. It was simple, a bad guy experienced in battle and murder has an insatiable blood thirst. He wants desperately to kill his father and avenge his mother, without his brother finding out that he's a gangster. What makes it a fantastic tale is the thrilling suspense that fills it. You never know what will happen. You expect something to happen or someone to die
and then, in a realistc way another incredible thing occurs. During this outstanding manga you'll accompany the Burns brothers in their path towards revenge, a dream and their happiness. Besides the author uses some pages to tell us some historical facts as a context. These are well located in some chapters and they contain interesting info.
In regards to the draw art I only have one thing to say: Simply wonderful. Amazing battle scenes well done. It's easy to understand what happens in each panel. The scenery is awesome, delightful saloons, wonderful desert landscape, well painted animals, especially horses. All the images were drawn with plenty of details and the author used the shades in a spectacular way. The characters have an overwhelming figure. None of them looked like being drawn fast, otherwise with too much care, including those in the backgrounds.
There are only three main characters the Burns siblings, Brad and Luke and the bastard gang leader Edward King, their father. There are also some supporting characters well made. Regarding to the main characters they are well built, each of them has his background and development throughout the manga. However, the supporting characters have a little explanation, but it is must said that it's enough, otherwise I believe it will be too much. Although these secondary characters have no background they were infused with a realistic behaviour and neat goals or intentions.
I really enjoyed this story. It had one of the best draw arts I've ever seen, cool characters that fitted with this historical western work. The time I spent with this manga pretty worth it. I'm hoping to read another fantastic work of this author.
When I first stumbled into this manga and read the first chapter, I thought I'm off into an ultraviolent Tarantino-esque journey through the Wild West.
Revolvers, ponchos, saloons, street shootouts, railroad barons, Native Americans, tumbleweeds, you name any general Revisionist Western trope.In the surface, I got what I expected. However, I feel like this manga is too short for the kind of scope the author wanted to convey.
I truly enjoy the noir-ish aesthetic of this manga. Illustrations are fully drawn, the shading and linework is a real treasure, and action movements felt fluid and clear. The ultraviolence felt fitting for this kind of setting.
main problem of this manga is in its short volume count. I mean, we only have 5 volumes and 49 chapters. Characters felt less fleshed and emotional moments fell flat, leaving the story to be unmemorable. I wouldn't blame the author on this problem. There may be publisher or editor problems, or simply the author lost interest in this series. These are totally acceptable reasons to me.
If you enjoy Westerns, and you want a violent and dark romp through the American Midwest, this'll be a fun little Saturday morning "eye candy" for you. I rated this a 7 (Good) out of the benefit of the doubt.