Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1

Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1

by Masamune Shirow


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Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1 by Masamune Shirow

Now a major motion picture!

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935429012
Publisher: Kodansha International
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Ghost in the Shell Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 539,820
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Ghost in the Shell, Volume 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great comic either way but wish they had the uncensored
Lucas-R-Paris More than 1 year ago
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.
jonathx More than 1 year ago
An excellent work of science fiction, beautifully executed in manga style. The piece manages to delve into deep philosophical topics while never losing focus on its likeable and complex characters or its plot full of intrigue, action, and humor. As an avid reader of science fiction and an expert in a highly technical field (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering), I must also commend on this work's use of technobabble: unlike most sci-fi writers, who use it as a crutch to hand-wave away deus ex machinae as justified by science, Shirow uses it in a dense, fluent, almost poetic style. Every technical term or acronym has a clearly defined technical meaning in-universe that is either easy enough to deduce from context or explained in footnotes, and, like real technical experts, the characters use them to discuss complex topics clearly and concisely, not just "for the heck of it" or "because it sounds more science-y." They use layman's terms when explaining to laymen, but when the clock is ticking they can explain the whole situation to their comrades in shorthand, and they can rely on their in-universe audience to know exactly what they mean.
Trey3rd More than 1 year ago
I just want to use this to ask a question. Is this the unedited edition?
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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.