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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; paperback / softback edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421531844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421531847
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.3 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ADS on February 9, 2010
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Wow, the book is about an inch bigger and wider than most manga which is great because there's alot to see. The cover looks slick and very nice. The pages and print job are top notch, even includes a couple color pages (some publishers don't include the color pages). Overall it looks like VizSig department did a very solid job on making a quality books.

The overall plot is pretty straight forward action plot. Downright minimalist in just giving you the basic details of what's happening. However, this serves the story well by not crashing the atmosphere with "witty" one-liners and other things of that nature.

The art is top notch and is probably Nihei's best work. It's dark and surreal and reminiscent of beksinski works, but done in black ink. The art really does the storytelling here. Action sequences are fast and vivid enough to get the point across without someone narrating their actions with dialogue bubbles. The same goes for the jokes. This allows for large excellent looking and highly detailed panels and 2 page spreads.

Overall, this is an excellent start to the series. I'm looking forward to the future releases.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By on July 8, 2010
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3005 A.D.: the N5S Virus is turning people into the walking dead and the only ones who seem to be able to survive are the so-called Accomodators, those who can transmute the virus within their bodies. Zoichi Kanoe, an agent of Toa Heavy Industry, is sent to find one such Accomodator, a girl named Eon Green. But also looking for Eon are the agents of the Public Health Service's Compulsory Execution Group, who are charged with wiping out anyone who gets in their way, by any means necessary.

Nihei's series is everything that an apocalyptic sci-fi horror should be: dark, gritty, action-packed, and bloody. But all four elements are balanced perfectly and the pacing of the story is such that readers are instantly drawn in, unable to look away or blink for fear of missing a detail. The dialog is kept to a minimum, especially when it comes to Zoichi. Because he's not much of a talker, readers will focus closely on his actions, giving the book the feel of watching an action movie. The robotic-like attitude of Zoichi, combined with the artificial intelligence assistant Fuyu (who is built into Zoichi's motorcycle), help set the science fiction tone, while the hordes of zombies bring horror with them. Though the characters are only beginning to be developed in this first volume, Nihei gives readers enough information to make the characters seem real and drops clues about who and what the characters might be, setting the stage for volumes to come.

Fitting in with the writing's blend of action, horror, and science fiction, the art is a blend as well. The settings are both futuristic and gothic, with a long highway surrounded by the cables of a city giving way to a castle-like building silhouetted against the moon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peridot Antlers on June 12, 2010
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If you liked Blame! then you'll like Biomega. There's a little more text, but not much. The art style is the same as Blame! and there's a lot of weird stuff going on. First-timers might want to check this out in a bookstore first. You can go for a while without seeing any word-bubbles in this book, so if you don't like the art telling the story then this might not be for you. I think it's a great bio-cyber-apocalyptic-whatever sort of graphic novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Kiefer on October 27, 2012
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This story is visually captivating, and Nihei is truly a master of the "sequential art" medium. Nihei has a lot of responsibility to single-handedly carry the series forward, being both the artist and the writer. That said, he is primarily an artist and not a writer, and like some of Frank Miller's works, having a dedicated writer could have only enhanced this series. Biomega falls flat overall by not having one.

Visually, I enjoyed the futurist neo-gothic architecture and startling action sequences. This artwork is perfectly suited to the black-and-white medium, and the lighting in each frame is excellent. Frame by frame, page by page, the book looks great.

But make no mistake: this is a story that falls squarely in the superhero genre. The main character is a indestructible superman who rides and indestructible motorcycle that at times jumps/flies much in the way I played with my GI Joe action figures as a kid. When I heard Biomega was a dark cyberpunk with zombies, I expected something of more substance. What I got, however, was a cybergoth Superman.

I don't mean to sound vitriolic, but I was just so disappointed with this book. One of my favorite aspects of Japanese manga is its diverse variety of genres, which is largely absent in American comics. Biomega is a simple good vs. evil story with flat, stereotypical heroes and villains. Along with its laughably impossible action sequences, I believe this book was meant for a demographic of which I no longer belong. (Although, I must admit that the action is pretty cool!)

For the sake of variety, Biomega is a great experiment that explores the potential of artwork becoming a story's primary driver. In this way Biomega is not a failure.
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