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Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    Superb Art, Disjointed Story

    Masamune Shirow is one of the gods of modern Manga - his other miniseries, including Orion, Appleseed, and others, have become well-respected parts of the continuously burgeoning library of Manga available in the United States. Ghost in the Shell, made famous by the classic anime which adapts its story, is definitely an excellent gallery of Shirow's superb artistic style, showing his versatility with both black and white and color art. Indeed, the gallery of covers provided at the back of the book is eye-popping. The unfortunate thing about this graphic novel is its story. The synopsis of the story provided on the back of the compilation promises a tale attempting to examine the nature of humanity, the soul, and the complications that ensue when human identities are transferred to cybernetic bodies. However, while oblique elements of this come through, the story is most clearly a series of espionage/murder mystery yarns, and is therefore somewhat misleading. All-in-all, interesting and a good read, but it is not quite what it's cracked up to be.

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