I am quick to admit that I know next to nothing about manga. However, I do know a classic in the making when I see it (thanks for some friends who recommend books for those of us less knowledgeable). PLUTO 001 (first in the series) is most definitely destined to be around for a long time. Not only does it pay proper homage to ASTRO BOY, it combines a sense of the film noir and the manga format to produce a dark but satisfying mystery story. The world's most powerful robots are being destroyed, something heretofore thought impossible. It is up to our protagonist, the intrepid robot detective Gesicht to discover what is going on. Gesicht all but glowers at readers from the cover, giving the impression that he is a hardened no-nonsense kind of guy, er robot. That is not the case as we being to learn more and more about his life and relationships.
I am eager to read the next book in the series and see what happens to Brando and Gesicht and the other robots whose lives are endangered by this unknown menace.