- Series: Aposimz
- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: Vertical Comics (October 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1947194305
- ISBN-13: 978-1947194304
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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APOSIMZ, volume 1 Paperback – October 9, 2018
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About the Author
Tsutomu Nihei is an internationally known Japanese comic artist and draftsman. Born in 1971, Nihei made his debut in the comics world as the winner of the 1995 Afternoon Magazine Four Seasons Award for short stories. He then briefly worked as an assistant to veteran comicker Tsutomu Takahashi before making his break-through hit BLAME! (published by Tokyopop).
The BLAME! franchise was so well received worldwide, that it inspired an animated mini-series and eventually drew the attention of Marvel Comics in the US. Nihei would later go on to draw Wolverine (X-Men) and HALO comics for Marvel to great fanfare. An architectural student, Nihei's early work were mainly wordless, relying on visuals and backgrounds to tell their stories. Now, his works are deeply rooted in hard science-fiction, as was seen in the multiple NY Times Bestselling books HALO: The Graphic Novel (published by Marvel Comics) and BIOmega (published by Viz Media).
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One nice thing worth mentioning is that the protagonist, Etherow, is a little less cold than Killy (or what Killy has become) in Blame!, and there's also a cool and knowledgeable automaton similar to Cibo (Blame!) or Fuyu (Biomega).
The action in this manga is best described as either OP or very too-the-point, or maybe high-stakes. It's a cruel/tough world where everything can change in an instant, and the outcome of that instant is determined by what little resources are available.
The art style itself is very much what you know, or will come to know, Tsutomu Nihei for, but with the contrast turned way down. I've included some photos of the print/kindle versions, as well as a screen shot from the Kindle app on a phone.
The low contrast aesthetic lends itself to the frigid atmosphere being established. This made the Kindle version a little less comfortable/easy to read on my 6th gen Kindle Paperwhite, which has a lower PPI than newer generations. Although I don't know if the higher PPI would actually help, I assume it would because the manga looks great again on a phone or tablet via the Kindle App. So not all hope is lost if you're interested in the digital version of this manga.
My speculative hopes for this series:
Aposimz was the name of the other seed ship in Knights of Sidonia. I'm not sure if this Aposimz is that ship, or perhaps a body colonized by that ship, or if the name is nothing more than an easter egg of sorts. On the title page for this volume, we learn that 50-centuries ago there was a war against the core of this artificial planet, and the people that lost have been forced to live (illegitimately) on the frigid outer-parts of the planet. Below the surface lies ruins, followed by a "megastructural" shell, then the central control level; and I can only wonder what lies below as we progress in this series. In this first volume we're introduced to the idea that mankind is already a mix of human and post-human, but we also see what may be AI life as well, so of course I'm very interested in what sorts of variations of those beings we'll encounter over time. And of course, I'm especially waiting for a glimpse of our favorite mega corporation: Toha Heavy Industries.