The Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1

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Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ ...
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Overview

Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down.

From Shirow Masamune, the award-winning creator of Appleseed and Dominion, comes The Ghost in the Shell, the breakthrough manga that inspired the internationally acclaimed animated film. An epic dystopian tale of politics, technology, and metaphysics, The Ghost in the Shell has been hailed worldwide as an unparalleled visionary work of graphic fiction. And now it’s ready to dazzle the imagination in its second millennium.

This edition includes a new Introduction from Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, and a fascinating Postscript from author Shirow Masamune, with his thoughts on the phenomenon that is The Ghost in the Shell!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935429012
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Ghost in the Shell: SAC Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 399,915
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    Cyborg souls and other "sparks" of life.

    Shirow Masamune's stellar work, Ghost in the Shell, is an exceptional manga that mixes high-tech sci-fi concepts with espionage thriller topics and then splashes it with philosophy.

    Motoko "The Major" Kusanagi is the storyline's main protangonist and a female cyborg so excessively altered that only a percentage of her original brain remains; aided by close and fellow agent Bato, Kusanagi delves into the fast paced, computer driven underworld.

    Action is high impact and brutally jarring, so have fun; technical jargon and other hokum typical to the sci-fi genre are portrayed here gracefully, with a unique Masamune twist.

    The often eluded to subtext in this brilliant piece of work is the vadity of life when one isn't even human anymore and whether technology is so advanced that it has obtained, to a measure all it's own, life as well; Shirow weaves his explanation and answer to these speculative elements subtley into his story, making it an envolved but entertaining read.

    Masamune Shirow's artwork is solid and enjoyable, it always is.
    Deffinitely a worthy title, one of the best manga ever produced.

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