Parnth: I have no idea why, but it always seems like a second helping of
something is better.
The Empire Strikes Back, Temple of Doom, and of
course good food. But we're not talking about food here are we?
New doujinshika on the block Cristal is back with "Mid Lap Drag!",
the second story in her Gunsmith Cats trilogy that began with "Begin
Chase!" If you thought the first had it's share of romance and action,
wait until you see this one!
Mid Lap Drag starts off with Rally Vincent and Minnie May Hopkins
going after a bounty. A fight ensues, Rally is injured but the bounty is
captured! She's all ready to take him in when suddenly Bean Bandit shows
up. It turns out the bounty has hired the fame getaway driver. The
conversation that ensues between Rally and Bean is one of my favorite
scenes in the book. Sure they both respect and maybe even love one
another, but they're love and need for money has to take precedent.
There's a set of unwritten rules that they live by in order to make it in
their chosen careers and Cristal gives the reader a brief glimpse of
The second story seems to have more character development in than
the first story. We see some development between Minne May and Rally and
later on between Bean and Rally. In the underworld as well as the
working world, It's very necessary to separate one's business and
personal lives and it's very interesting seeing how Rally and Bean try to
keep the two separate.
Cristal's art style is very unique with a very underground/film noir
feel to it. Normally when I'm reading Gunsmith Cats manga, my eyes are
almost always on Rally, but with Mid Lap Drag, Rally has stolen my
heart. I love the way she's drawn, especially on the back cover.
At the end of the book there are a few pinups and in these you can
tell that Cristal really loves Bean. There are two with Bean alone and
there is one with Bean dominating the background while Rally and Minnie
May are in the foreground. From looking at the Bean pinup I have a
feeling that Cristal's next series "Time Jumpers" is going to be great!
Cristal also fixed something that was missing from the last book. This
time around she included contact information! Yup, so if you enjoy her
story you can e-mail her and give positive feedback!
If you like Gunsmith Cats, action, romance or all three, I highly
suggest you pick up this doujinshi. You won't be disappointed!
--reviewed by Parnth