Sin, Volume 1 by Drake Tsui is an interesting manga style book that you can read for free over at Manga Magazine. The cool part is that the story line is one of my favorite story lines, post apocalyptic futures. Like most apocalyptic futures, we have consumed ourselves into a falling Eco system, with two warring sides, the United Nations and the New Earth Alliance. When an eventual peace is made between the two sides, the solar system becomes the last best hope for reviving the fortunes of a failing earth. But who gets to decide who lives and who dies? With a totaliatarian government, factions that decide they want to have at least some say in an increasingly distant government process decide that they need to take things into their own hands. This is the world where SIN drops us off in, and the world we are left to explore.
There has always been a redemption factor in manga books like this going back to the early days of when Manga and Anime were just making their appearance in the USA. Drake Tsui has this entire idea down well, and approaches this story line with the idea of redemption, along with a lot of killing, violence, and blood splattering everywhere. Super robots, rocket ships, he has successfully blended a number of elements together to make a short, sweet, and beautiful story line that will keep you interested in what happens not just to the characters, but hoping that they will win the day.
You can read the book over on Manga Magazine, or you can purchase the physical copy of SIN: Volume 1 Beginnings if you want to support the artist a little more than just reading the product on the web site. This is a worthy story, and I am glad that a friend of mine pointed it to me. I would rate this five of five points because it is an awesome story line. It also has elements that support the science fiction manga standards that we as readers have grown used to and quite frankly expect from a science fiction manga. Rather than trying to cut new ground, this book is firmly part of the genre, with good pacing, easily read, and overall very enjoyable. Feel free to check it out, but you will want a copy of this for your own manga library, and the price is right, free on line, or ten dollars at Amazon.
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