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Burst Angel: Volume 1    by Gonzo & Minoru Murao order for
Burst Angel
by Gonzo
Order:  USA  Can
TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Those looking for an action-packed, slightly-sci-fi, mild-fanservice manga will want to check out Burst Angel by GONZO and Minoru Murao. In volume one, readers are introduced to Meg and Jo, Jacks of All Trades. These two gals are guns for hire who fight the darkness that lurks in Tokyo.

Jo is the main muscle, but Meg, the more personable of the two, will do whatever she must to watch her friend's back, as seen throughout all five chapters of volume one. Like many manga that stemmed from anime, Burst Angel has a rough storyline, but each act could almost stand on its own. However, volume one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, introducing a major nemesis of the two gunslingers.

The art of Burst Angel is not always consistent; however, it is Murao's first manga. What is unique about the artwork, especially for an action manga, is that the screentones blend seamlessly into one another, creating a watercolor-like look that surprisingly adds to, rather than detracts from, the action sequences. This is important because Burst Angel is primarily an action manga that will mostly appeal to male readers.

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