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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

RE­LEASED OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Im­age Comics Writer rick re­mender Artist sean Gor­don Mur­phy

is­sues 1-3 Three on­go­ing se­ries from Im­age Comics wasn’t enough for writer Rick Re­mender, and now he’s teamed up with ac­claimed artist Sean Gor­don Mur­phy to add an­other to the list. Un­for­tu­nately, it seems that Re­mender might be spread­ing him­self too thin, as crazed cy­ber­punk thriller Tokyo Ghost makes for a hap­haz­ard, un­even ex­pe­ri­ence.

In the twisted fu­ture LA of 2089, the pop­u­la­tion is ad­dicted to tech­nol­ogy, while gang­sters en­force their law via con­sta­bles like Deb­bie De­cay and Led Dent. Teen lovers turned ruth­less killers, Deb­bie and Led dream of es­cape to the tech­nol­ogy-free gar­den na­tion of Tokyo, but their only chance is to ac­cept a mis­sion to de­stroy Tokyo’s pro­tec­tive EMP field…

There are some fas­ci­nat­ing ideas in the first three is­sues, and Re­mender taps into pow­er­ful themes while aim­ing for the same pulp grandeur he’s achieved in his other Im­age ti­tles. Un­for­tu­nately, he botches the cen­tral char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and over­plays the fren­zied 2000 AD-style dark hu­mour, with ex­ces­sive and ob­nox­ious re­sults. Mur­phy’s art­work is as breath­tak­ing as ever, matched by the amaz­ing colours of Matt Hollingsworth, but it’s not enough to re­deem what’s so far been a grat­ing, clunky SF satire. Saxon Bul­lock

A fan of The Cramps, Re­mender named his char­ac­ters along sim­i­lar lines to singer Lux In­te­rior.

Bet­ter than a han­kie.

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