This masterpiece written and drawn by Masamune Shirow shows
us a futuristic world that attempts at utopia after yet another
world war. In it, the main characters, Deunan and Briaros,
try to survive in the politically conniving environment as
special operations military troops, relying on their skills
to keep them alive.
The evolution of this story is best observed if one reads
the first four books in order, noting the growing relationships
of the characters. (Note: each book consists of four to five
issues of work.) Also, one can notice how the art becomes
more and more detailed and mature as the series progresses.
Further along in the story, the development of the side characters
allows a further depth of into their world.
As with all of Shirow's works, Appleseed is a thoughtful
and compelling read.
On a side note: Don't bother watching the anime. It's
a horrible representation of the manga. Hell, it isn't even
that good of an anime on its own. If you want to see a good
Masamune Shirow Based anime, get Ghost in the Shell,
Tank Police or Black Magic.