Tokyo Ghost Volume 1 | Review


Published on Sep 02, 2017


In the latter times some fans of comics in the us are starting to define the Image, the publishing house founded in the early nineties by Todd McFarlane and other defectors from Marvel as the new Vertigo. In fact, there is something true. Now the label is not the public only comic-book superhero, and proposed works to be adult, anti-conventional, and often experimental. It is the case, for example, Tokyo Ghost, translated by Bao Publishing.

In this volume you will read the first five issues of the series and you will find that this is not a comic book, like so many others. Not for nothing that it is Rick Remender, one of the writers of the toe of the comics, stars stripes today, which has already been shown on numerous occasions to possess inventiveness is undeniable. Tokyo Ghost could be defined as science fiction and, in particular, the suggestions of the fiction of cyberpunk are obvious.

The beginning of the story takes place in a Los Angeles future that might have been imagined by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, and it is certainly worthy of Blade Runner. Capitalism and the market dominate everything and the same applies to the technology. The citizens, in fact, they are obsessed and they don't just buy gadgets increasingly sophisticated. They live in symbiosis with them, and they are constantly mentally connected to the network that obnubila their psyche with junk programs that focus on sex and violence. There are few those who think in an individual way, and have the ability to fully understand the situation.

The protagonists of Tokyo Ghost are two: Led Dent, said Teddy, who we could define as an addict of the Internet, and his wonderful partner Debbie. They give chase to the criminals on behalf of the corporation. The girl, however, unlike Led, it is not equipped with gadgets, cyber, and he preferred to keep his humanity. In practice, it is the mind of the duo. After what should be their last mission, though, the boss of the company sends them to Tokyo.

Here the technology is not allowed, and a samurai has created a true paradise based on the nature and spirituality. The community that lives there is then returned to humanity, and the natural resources found there make the throat to the head of Led and Debbie. The two go so in the japanese capital city to get it but then things change and, as is easy to guess, the plot takes an unexpected turn.

Remender writes the lyrics inventive, similar to those of writers of the hard-boiled detective fiction like Raymond Chandler, but there are language games in the Burroughs, and, of course, the styles of cyberpunk. The dialogues are unsettling, sometimes humorous, and you experience pure moments of introspective, related to the flashbacks related to the traumatic past of the protagonists, which make it very unpredictable to read Tokyo Ghost.

Remender tackles important topics such as the obsession with appearance, in a world of selfie and vlog, the information subjected to the dynamics of power, consumerism and ecological issues.

But Remender, especially in the chapters set in Tokyo, also demonstrates good knowledge of buddhism and zen thought, the elements that oppose the company's absolutely inhuman of Los Angeles. Those who still seek the action will have bread for their teeth. In short, Tokyo Ghost combines in a perfect way the commitment and adventure, and has a compelling storyline and rich of pathos.

The other strength of the work is represented by the spectacular designs of Sean Murphy. The penciler is the world of the future imagined by Remender with a painstaking care that has the stunning.

Keep an eye on the tables to the whole page, usually focused on the highlights of the story-line. The graphic is also emphasized by the dark colors of Matt Hollingsworth who are well suited to the anxiety evoked by the prose of Remender and art of Murphy.

Tokyo Ghost is not simply a science fiction comic strip, but a lucid analysis of our society chaotic. If you would like to read a series that is truly peculiar, this is a volume not to be missed.

Tokyo Ghost is a bomb. Do not miss it.


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