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.