Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1

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From Masamune Shirow, the creator of Appleseed, Orion, and Dominion, comes a new epic, dystopian tale of politics, covert actions, and cyborgs with too much attitude! This tale is set in a future society where computer/brain interface technology has gone so far that one's brain can be "hacked"! Major Motoko Kusanagi's half-organic, half-cyborg body renders her almost superhuman, but has she really left her humanity behind? Ghost in the Shell is bursting with 352 pages, featuring...
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Overview

From Masamune Shirow, the creator of Appleseed, Orion, and Dominion, comes a new epic, dystopian tale of politics, covert actions, and cyborgs with too much attitude! This tale is set in a future society where computer/brain interface technology has gone so far that one's brain can be "hacked"! Major Motoko Kusanagi's half-organic, half-cyborg body renders her almost superhuman, but has she really left her humanity behind? Ghost in the Shell is bursting with 352 pages, featuring the story that inspired the hit animated film!

The beautiful and deadly Major Kusanagi and her crack team of internal affairs operatives are sent to investigate a government factory with questionable labor practices. As it turns out, their labor practices aren't the only thing to be questioned when the major and her team are met by a most unwelcoming welcome wagon. Illustrated in both color and B&W. Graphic novel format.

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...a fabulous cornucopia of photographs, from 19th-century daguerreotypes of hysterics and early prison mug shots to avant-garde and contemporary celebrity portraits. The accompanying text persuasively argues that what we look for in a face has changed enormously over the years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593072285
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 11/17/2004
  • Edition description: Not appropriate for children; 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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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