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Biomega, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 2, 2010
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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.
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.Read more ›
Mars 3005, a DRF (Data Recovery Foundation) survey team returns to the settlement on the planet destroyed seven hundred years ago, and unwittingly bring back to Earth the spores of a dangerous virus, N5S. Initially, the virus infects 9JO, an artificial island city in the Pacific, turning the inhabitants into zombie-like Drones, but there are a few people who manage to carry the virus without being affected. Toa Heavy Industry send in a synthetic human, Zoichi Kanoe to find Eon Green, one such Accommodator who has a giant Russian bear looking after her. Compulsory Execution Units of the Public Health Service have however also been deployed in 9JO and have plans for Eon Green.
Biomega gets off to a blistering start (and to be honest, it doesn't really slow down in subsequent books) as Zoichi and his computer generated partner take on the forces of the DRF with ruthless efficiency and gravity defying leaps across the collapsing structures of a futuristic city on his powerful motorbike. The action is fast moving, with many long dialogue-free sequences, the strong artwork allowed to determine the mood and pace of the opening chapter, with few sound effects even to spoil the quality of the dark, moody artwork. At this stage, Biomega displays a lot of clear influences in the science-fiction and horror genres without really bringing much new of its own, but it establishes the situation well, with intriguing characters, drawing the reader in and leaving room for further developments. Definitely one to watch.
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This guy's art is like manga Clive Barker with some Tetsuo the Iron Man mixed in. So chilling and delightful.Published 5 months ago by Occams
I can't express how much I love this manga! The story line alone will make you beg for more. It's different from many of your typical virus type of story line. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CariS
Everything from Tsutomu Nihei has a touch of genius. This series is strange and beautiful. I enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by Stuart Winer
My god this manga is so beastly from the amazing monster designs to the dark futuristic tone its just so good and straight the the point, its always had me hype reading it though... Read morePublished 8 months ago by kenvil
Nihei's original works never fails to impress me, and this is no exception. Bought it in Japanese when it was first released and liked it enough that I went back to buy this... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting premise, really exciting artwork. Story still makes some sense. Magical gun goes "vmp". Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anonymity is nice
I loved the first and last issues of BLAME!, read years ago, to make it my favorite comic series, and this seems to be a similarly immersive fantasy of ink and dark architectures. Read morePublished 19 months ago by travertine
Nihei fans will love the book. People new to Nihei's work might not.
His stories are usually lacking depth and some of the art is just too dark with little detail. Read more