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Tokyo Ghost #2

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By Rick Remender, Sean Murphy, & Matt Hollingsworth

The new dystopian future story from Rick Remender continues with Debbie Decay and Led Dent fulfilling their contract with Flak Industries by apprehending Davy Trauma. Of course, things are never as they seem, especially since this is only the second issue. Mr. Flak recruits the dynamic duo to handle one final mission in Japan. Debbie sees this as a perfect opportunity to finally be free and release Led from the powerful grasp of technology and Flak.

This issue opens up the world of Tokyo Ghost. Remender introduces the audience to the man behind the curtain of Flak Industries and his headquarters. It really calls to mind the elegance of the Tyrell Corporation from Blade Runner. Also, as Decay and Dent travel to Japan, Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth deliver gorgeous scenery. One panel in particular juxtaposes their submarine against two whales that is just stunningly elegant. Rick Remender is known for his world-building and by looks of the content in this book, it’s in full swing.

Page after page is just covered in wonderful artwork. Remender and Hollingsworth are given so much latitude to really showcase their talents. The architectural grandeur of Flak’s building is littered with detail that deserves time to analyze and appreciate. There’s also the oceanic panels that are done with wonderful shading and coloring that even has the streaks of sunlight going through the water. The Japan artwork is a whole other beast. These men transport readers to another beautiful, alien land. It almost feels like Samurai Jack and, in turn, Ronin were big influences, so fans of either will be very pleased.

Tokyo Ghost is on track to be another strong title from Remender. The ethos of the main characters is continuing to be a key element of the plot, as it should. Their pains and adversities really come off the page. In conjunction with the such artistic talents, this book is elevated even more. This is definitely a title worth the time and money. There are only two issues out now, so it’s very easy to catch up.

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