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Tokyo Ghost from Image Comics is a smash hit and our Max Silver is here to break down all the reasons why in our ComiConverse review.
Rick Remender and Sean Murphy’s Tokyo Ghost from Image Comics has been my most anticipated comic since it’s announcement at Image Expo and I can’t be more thrilled in saying that it truly does live up to it’s lofty premise through perfect execution.
Tokyo Ghost is a science fiction dystopia that magnifies our current over-reliance on technology to an unprecedented degree. Anyone who’s used modern smart technology can relate to the state of this world. At some point we’ve all turned to social media or instantaneous entertainment to fill that dissatisfaction in our lives.
Maybe it’s a lack of confidence in ourselves, perhaps laziness or boredom, but in the world of Tokyo Ghost the only way out of that state of mind is technology. Nanotech that can instil the emotional fix you crave or the body you desire but it’s all for a price and when you don’t pay, well, enter the anti-heroic couple Led Dent and Debbie Decay. The pair act as the enforcers for the entertainment conglomerates that control the world of Tokyo Ghost; it’s there relationship, however, that’s the beating heart of this book.
Debbie keeps herself tech free and is one of the last to do so, while Dent is so addicted to technology he’s screening through ads and downloading porn whist laying down brutal justice.
It’s the relationship between Debbie, the loving dependent partner, and Led, as the lost and disconnected addict, that is the emotionally crushing attraction of Tokyo Ghost.
What Remender does and does brilliantly is allow the world and it’s impact on the characters be more seen then heard. Long form exposition is nowhere to be found in the book, and it’s refreshing to see in a title that tackles such a lofty social question on technological dependence to allow the events to speak for themselves. Make no mistake you’ll be given a very clear picture of this world gone wrong.
Sean Murphy and colourist Matt Hollingsworth have achieved something incredible in Tokyo Ghost. Each and every panel is filled with exquisite detail that coveys the brutal and often darkly comedic violence as well as the real emotional beats in this first issue. The background detail of Tokyo Ghost alone speaks volumes to this world so much so that the book deservedly warrants a re-reading so that that you can truly appreciate all that’s being offered. His work feels frenetic and crowded and I say that with the highest praise possible. Colourist Matt Hollingsworth does a wonderful job balancing a palate catering between frenetic action and heart breaking emotional intimacy. The artwork is really a sight to behold.
I could go on about the violent death races, motor cycle shoot outs and horrifying villain, but with Tokyo Ghost seeing is truly believing. This is a first issue that conveys a truly modern addiction, in a world that often feels terrifyingly not far away.
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The artwork is really a sight to behold.