To Terra..., Volume 1

Overview

The future. Having driven Terra to the brink of environmental collapse, humanity decides to reform itself by ushering in the age of Superior Domination (S.D.), a system of social control in which children are no longer the offspring of parents but progeny of a universal computer. The new social order, however, results in an unexpected byproduct: the Mu, a mutant race with extrasensory powers who are forced in exile by The System.

The saga begins on educational planet Ataraxia, ...

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Overview

The future. Having driven Terra to the brink of environmental collapse, humanity decides to reform itself by ushering in the age of Superior Domination (S.D.), a system of social control in which children are no longer the offspring of parents but progeny of a universal computer. The new social order, however, results in an unexpected byproduct: the Mu, a mutant race with extrasensory powers who are forced in exile by The System.

The saga begins on educational planet Ataraxia, where Jomy Marcus Shin, a brash and unpredictable teenager, is nervously preparing to enter adult society. When his Maturity Check goes wrong, the Mu intervene in the great hope that Jomy, who possesses Mu telepathy and human physical strength, can lead them back home, to Terra...

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"To Terra... is an amazing piece of comic art, and no dedicated manga reader should pass it up." - Newtype USA

" An outstanding addition to the pantheon of great manga." - Comics212.net

"Either way this is sweet old skool sci-fi goodness (think Leiji Matsumoto) wrapped in Ooizumi Salon art with a flair for Ishinomori costume designs... Yeah this is a manga-wotaku's dream." - MangaCast

“The art stands out as unique as it did back 30 years ago. It feels both retro and progressive. Takemiya’s settings and organic spaceships are simply awing to look at in each page.” –About Heroes

“To Terra is an engrossing ride through the stars… “ —Manga Maniac Café

Publishers Weekly

Provocative ideas animate this story by revolutionary female manga artist Takemiya. After seeing how uncontrolled humanity wrecked Earth, survivors form the Superior Domination and decide to move to other planets and improve on nature: henceforth, all children will be computer-designed for rationality, then purged of all memories at puberty so they can be supervised by a "mother" machine. Sometimes, however, testing discovers that the child is a Mu, a hyperemotional and uncontrollable telepath, who are driven underground by the S.D. Having been raised as a normal boy, 14-year-old Jomy desperately resists contact by the Mu, especially the news that he is an exceptionally powerful latent telepath who is destined to lead the Mu back to Terra. Meanwhile, cold-blooded Keith is rising in the ranks of the military forces designed to keep a rejuvenated Earth clean of Mu contamination. Takemiya's layouts are inventive, but her art is a bit fragile for space opera; in particular, her people look too wispy. Her story, though, is uncommonly compelling as it begins grappling with characters who, despite their one-sided upbringings, are looking for the same thing: Terra, family, a place to call home. With echoes of The Matrixand A.E. Van Vogt's Slan, this looks like the start of an interesting journey. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932234671
  • Publisher: Vertical, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/20/2007
  • Series: To Terra Series , #1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 677,061
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Keiko Takemiya was one of the first female shojo manga writers, and has achieved great success with her science fiction and yaoi (boy-boy love) works. She is noted in Japan as part of the “Magnificent Forty-Niners,” female artists who pioneered shojo manga (comics for girls), creating wonderful works that have inspired many of today’s best-known manga artists.
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