The second volume of the Gunsmith Cats Omnibus literally blew me away. As you may recall, if you read the first volume of Gunsmith Cats, that there were several stories that were really nothing more than set up for a later chapter that didn't quite seem to fit in at that moment (the chapter titled CZ75 in particular) These chapters, while always fun, detracted from the overall flow of the story, and often seemed to break up the progression. In this volume there are relatively no bits of fluff and filler, and the one bit of filler there is was worked in more skillfully than in the previous volume. The book jumps right in to the thick of things and doesnt let up untill the last page.
To recap- Gunsmith Cats is set in Chicago and follows the exploits of the bounty hunter Rally Vincent and her partner May West. Along with the high dollar informant, Becky, the team hunts down members of the chicago underworld, meeting unforgettable bad guys like Bonnie, Gray, and the mysterious wheelman. Bean Bandit.
The story its self, is really split in this volume. The first few chapters are wrapping up the continuing story from volume. 1, and the last half contains a new story line. So you basically see the conclusion of the incident involving Gray, followed by the entrance of a new character-the drug dealing Italian dominatrix known as Goldie. We also see one of those filler chapters from volume 1 play out, as we are reintroduced to Misty. About the only filler is set between the end of the Gray story line and the start of the new story, and it has to do with May and Ken, in a short section the tells us how they first met. Other than that, its all action for about 300 pages.
Vol. 2 is much faster paced than the vol. 1, simply because less exposition is needed, and there is, as stated before, less filler. It took me about 3 sessions of reading to finish the first book, while i read this one cover to cover in about a night. This one didn't have any of the bonus galleries at the end, as was found in the first book, but had a few more strips about the author(there were two in the last one discussing Sonoda's long love affair with guns and bombs) Basically if you have read the first volume, you know what to expect, and this book does not disappoint. Sonoda's story will keep you flipping pages till there are no more to pages left.