Appleseed, Book 1: The Promethean Challengeby Masamune Shirow
Functional simplicity, structural complexity: the best life for all. That's the maxim of Olympus, the utopian city that sprung from the ashes of World War III. But Deunan and Bri, a young woman and her cyborg companion just entering the rose-tinted society, find that so long as there are different kinds of people there will be differences among them. Such is the story of Appleseed, the masterwork of manga storyteller Masamune Shirow. Beautiful art and a complex and fully realized future world rank this title among the best comics available.
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If you've read ghost in the shell you'll enjot this work. Many of the social and philosphical undertones of this series will be more of a social commentary and may apply to what is happening in the world now.
Most often in comic books, story is sacrificed for artwork and vice-versa. In Masamune Shirow's world of Appleseed, both are blended perfectly. With attention to detail in both writing and character/mecha design, this book brings the complexities of a Clancy novel into the world of comic books. Set in the future after WWIII, Duenan Knute and her cyborg mentor, Briareos, are found living in the badlands and invited to live in a new city-state, Olympus. At first, the city seems to be a near-paradise, but something sinister lurks underneath the pristine exterior. Fans of espionage, intrigue, action and mechanics will definitely enjoy Appleseed: The Promethean Challenge and it's subsequent volumes