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Biomega, Vol. 1 (Biomega / バイオメガ #1)

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西暦3005年、7世紀ぶりに火星への有人飛行を成し遂げた人類。すでに廃墟と化し、水も酸素もないかつての入植地で、探査船乗組員は1人の女と出会う。その後、帰還中に探査船は地球周回軌道上で大破。発見された乗組員の遺体は未知のウイルス【N5Sウイルス】に冒されたまま、軌道上を漂い地上に胞子を撒き散らしていた…。半年後、地球。東亜重工のエージェント、合成人間庚造一は、DRFの管理下にある人工島【9JO】に潜入。そこはすでにN5Sウイルス感染者(ドローン)で満たされていた…!!ウイルスの地表全域拡散まで残り約15時間。造一はN5Sウイルス適応者を探し出し、保護することはできるのか!?弐瓶勉が描いた伝説的SF作品「バイオメガ」が描き下ろしカバーで、強力復活!!巻末には東亜重工エージェント“丁伍宇”の任務を描いた外伝的読切「バイオメガ―interlink ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 2008 by Panini (first published January 19th 2007)
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Venus Maneater
Apr 01, 2016 Venus Maneater rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Beksinski meets Giger meets Cronenberg. High tech dystopian body horror, on deserted overpasses and zombie riddled ghost towns. Many cartridges of black ink gave their life to bring us this manga, and while I really appreciate that, I'm not quite sure if this is one for me.

On one hand, there's a scene where an artificial human rides his oversized, pitch-black motorcycle on a rooftop with a talking bear on the backseat, while the building behind them goes up in flames. That was pretty awesome.


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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Apocalypse? Virus? Zombies? How could I *not* want to read it?

Comments: First off this book is a little larger in length and width than the usual manga which really enhances the superb artwork. Done in very detailed black ink the artwork tells the story for much of the book. There are a lot of wordless panels, especially in the first half where words are very seldom used and only sparsely when needed. There are many scenes which look down upon a city or place and these are tr
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Tom Ewing
Apr 30, 2015 Tom Ewing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some comics are great because they do one thing extremely well. You're not going to read Biomega for the ideas (zombies), or the dialogue (sparse), or the characterisation (sparser), or the plot (sparsest). You might read it for the action - high-speed, sometimes thrilling, sometimes murky and chaotic. And you might read it if you're a fan of bikes, bears and ballistics. But mostly you should read Biomega, as with any Tsutomu Nihei manga, for the architecture.

Nihei is the master of space, scale
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Janelle Dazzlepants
I won't pretend I'm any sort of manga expert because I'm not, so I'm just going to offer my very amateur opinions on the storyline and the artwork.

Plot: Most of the human population have been turned into zombies thanks to the wonderful N5S virus. The Public Health Service sends Compulsory Execution Units (CEU) into infected areas to kill off said zombies, which are referred to as "drones". These drones look like your typical zombies, but with elongated limbs and torsoes - no word on if they eat
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Elaine
It's another zombie apocalypse story that seems to be the hot thing nowadays, except they're called drones in this reincarnation of the we're-all-going-to-die-and-become-reanimated-corpses story. The art is dark and gritty, with explosions, fight scenes and exploding heads. But I found the strangely far-spaced eyes a bit disconcerting. Plot-wise, the reader is pretty much thrown into the midst of things (or onto the back of Zoichi's inky black AI equipped motorcycle if you so wish) and you kind ...more
Ian Reay
Jan 29, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, the book is about an inch bigger and wider than most manga which is great because there's alot to see. The cover looks slick and very nice. The pages and print job are top notch, even includes a couple color pages (some publishers don't include the color pages). Overall it looks like VizSig department did a very solid job on making a quality books.

The overall plot is pretty straight forward action plot. Downright minimalist in just giving you the basic details of what's happening. However,
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ingenue
I can't even comment on this book because all my impressions of it are overwhelmed by the talking Russian bipedal bear with a shotgun. Whose presence is never explained. Despite being a TALKING BEAR WITH A SHOTGUN.
Jeff
Jun 01, 2010 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, comics
A science fiction zombie apocalypse. Very pretty artwork and a universe that operates by Rule of Cool, but there's not much substance there, and what there is I've seen before.
Plaguedoctor
Aug 29, 2014 Plaguedoctor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-comics
This was a pretty interesting manga. It takes place in a post apocalyptic world were most of humanity has been turned into zombies. The only problem I really had with this volume was that it got a little confusing in places. All in all the the story was interesting along with character. Although, I do wish the author had elaborated more on the characters. You don't really know anything about them, were they come from, what their story is, etc. There's a giant talking bear with a rifle, what's hi ...more
Karl Fischer
Nov 09, 2015 Karl Fischer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphia, sci-fi, horror
A very intriguing first volume, fast-paced, and visually stunning.
Jason Seaver
Feb 19, 2010 Jason Seaver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nihei's newest adventure to hit the U.S. isn't quite so abstract as "Blame!", but it makes up for that with sheer sci-fi action/adventure nuttiness. It involves an artificial human with an artificially intelligent motorcycle diving into a quarantined city to rescue the girl there who is immune to the zombie virus spreading like an epidemic. Fortunately, she's got a talking, fighting bear to protect her as well.

"Biomega" is over the top, and at times you just have to applaud its willing absurdity
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Strangerealms
Dec 14, 2010 Strangerealms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mangas-and-lns
This mamga is the usual Nihei stuff, some Killy-like badass character is on a mission and kills monsters along the way. You can expect action, violence, blood, decapitations, etc. The drawings are beautiful as usual. The whole world seems to be set in the same as Blame but before Blame and Noise. Nihei introduces interesting characters, new monsters and a new storyline. But, and there is a big but, the manga would have been better if it would have been a book or two longer. The manga is good up ...more
Roberto
Jan 05, 2013 Roberto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
My introduction into Japanime and Manga began with Akira, Grey, Ghost In the Shell, Robotech and Appleseed. With the vast amount of manga on bookstore shelves today it's difficult to discover truly great SciFi manga like the ones that introduced me into the genre.

Tsutomu Nihei's Biomega is a great addition to the genre. What stops me from fully saying it's a must like the others is the often confusing storytelling. I found myself getting lost several times on characters being too similar to each
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Zaru
Jan 07, 2016 Zaru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of manga and dystopia, preferably both.
Shelves: comics, manga
My thoughts on #1-3.

Dystopian manga about a girl, a synthetc human, a bear and some rivaling corporations. Its got all the stuff you want and expect from a virus driven zombie apocoalypse; the zombies(drones), the we-are-immune-for-some-reason people(accommodators), the bad guys who wants to use the immune folk for all sorts of evil experiments and things, and the good guys who wants to rescue and protect them.
It's also got the stuff you want a good manga of this type; Brilliant artwork, tons of
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Erin
Mar 02, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: I've read the english translated books, not the Japanese editions like the one pictured.

Biomega is one of the best New manga series out there. Zoichi is one kick-but synthetic human! But it gets super confusing, especially after the second book, so read carefuly! (I had to reread all the books just to understand it fully.)
The drawing style is unique, but it can get very graphic and just down right grotesque at times(nothing inapropriate, but its a post-apoctiliptic(sp?) zombie pandemic bas
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Charles
Sep 09, 2010 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any science fiction fan
Recommended to Charles by: http://www.onemanga.com/
This review is of the entire series, not just the first volume.

One of the best science fiction stories of all time and quite possibly the best illustrated action sequences. The is much better than Tsutomu Nihei's similar counterpart manga Blame! (AKA Killy In The Cyber Dungeon). The main reason being Blame! had a lot of lulls between important sequences while Biomega has a consistent plotline that follows an easy to follow sequence of events. If author Nihei continues to write such epic tales he
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Rodney Wilder
May 08, 2014 Rodney Wilder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without question the most visually and conceptually mind-blowing manga I have ever encountered. Every page is drawn with a discernibly painstaking craft. The settings are atmospherically nightmarish, and Nihei's art style serves these grisly abominations and looming smokestacks with a jaw-dropping perfection.

Story-wise as well, Biomega sucks the reader in and holds us hostage there. A most ingenious take on the zombie apocalypse fixation.
Vitor Frazão
Jul 13, 2013 Vitor Frazão rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Quem me dera que mais mangas de cyberpunk tivesse este ritmo acelerado, que deixa as imagem falarem por si mesmas, sem perder tempo com explicações excessivas sobre o world-building. A informação está lá e não foi preciso explicarem-nos como se tivéssemos 10 anos.
Por outro lado, teria sido simpático explicarem, de todo, qual é a cena com o urso. -.- Para não falar que se vão meter um urso antropomórfico a dispara armas ao menos dêem-lhe polegares oponíveis.
A propósito, os pormenores no locuto
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Travis Mueller
This book is stupid, in an over-the-top, everything is cool or super epic sort of way. But it has an intelligent talking bear with a gun (though I guess that isn't really a break with the general aesthetic) and is easy to read. It was another book I found passing through the library, and since the series is complete at 6 novels, I don't see a reason not to read more of it.
Marcus Ionis
If you're looking for a nice lazy Saturday and have the need to listen to Front Line Assembly the "Tactical Neural Implant" album. Then this is a nice companion to occupy your afternoon. Not the greatest of all Japanese post apocalyptic dystopian zombie futures but mildly entertaining in the appropriate atmosphere. Fans of Resident Evil and Attack on Titan may like as well.
Adam Duclos
This series was all right, although not as interesting and less coherant than Noise, another manga by the same author. Sort of a far future apocolyptic cyberpunkish story, with a whole lot of cool stuff happening with very little explanation. Sure, an immortal talking bear? Alien spores from mars? Maybe time travel, kinda sorta? Fun to read, as long as you're okay with going with the flow.
Michael
Zombies und Apokalypse haben Hochkonjunktur, BIOMEGA liegt also voll im Trend. Warum hat mir der Band dann nicht wirklich gefallen? Die Zeichnungen sind überwiegen ansprechend und gelegentlich auch einfalls-bzw. detailreich, aber Mangas sind anscheinend wirklich nicht mein Ding (richtig, BIOMEGA ist auch meine Manga-Premiere gewesen). Ich hatte häufiger Proleme, mir aus der Bilderfolge die Handlung zusammen zu reimen - und ja, doch, ich habe die Mangalesefolge beachtet. Es gibt wenig Text, was n ...more
El Templo
Si te gusta la ciencia-ficción y las historias de zombis, éste es tu manga. En él encontrarás humanos sintéticos, osos que hablan, mujeres misteriosas, islas artificiales, corporaciones secretas, unidades de ejecución forzosa del servicio de sanidad pública, etc... Y es que últimamente los zombis, esos seres sin seso que recorren las calles en busca de carne tierna que llevarse a la boca, están volviendo con fuerza tanto al cine como a los cómics. El manga no podía ser ajeno a ese fenómeno globa ...more
Dennis
Nov 01, 2015 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to follow plot - but the illustrations are top notch. Tsutomu Nihei, with an architectural background, creates some fantastic backdrops and action sequences. Also - there's a bear wielding a L96a1 sniper rifle, what more could you want beside a walking carpet with a bowcaster.
Tyler
Jun 14, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Might have gotten 5, but some of the set was just too muddled. The clearer panels are fantastic, but sometimes it just gets bogged down with blacks. Anyway, story wise it's interesting and it's certainly extremely fast paced. I'll be getting more volumes for sure.
Slap Happy
This was kinda fun. Guy focused on his strengths: an artist first and a writer, well, not at all. Good sense of location and fluid paneling of action (which I have always admired and the thing I come to for japanese comics and which seperates them distinctly from american comics) drove the manga foward with only few details about the world and characters thrown in here and there (which are trite, so the less the better). I also liked the inclusion of the talking Russian bear who walks on two leg ...more
Angel
This was pretty good, and it was a bit of a different take on the zombie genre. It was different in the sense that the full outbreak of the epidemic has not happened yet. The hero is hoping to help stop it. However, the odds seem slim as he searches for a girl who may hold the key. In a way, this kind of story is not new. And yet, the pacing, the action, and the very gritty, dark art all come together to make a pretty good story. This manga is also interesting because it relies more on the visua ...more
Molly
Jul 29, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a strange manga, but that's generally a good thing. I picked it up because I thought the cover was interesting, then on the back cover is the backview of a half-clad girl. I opened the book to be greated by gritty artwork, gross looking 'zombies' and a bear with a gun. I had to have it.

The story and the art are amazing. Deep, dark and twisted. It draws you in and keeps you hooked. Only downside is I did have to read it twice in some places before I realised what was going on, the backstory
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Heather
May 18, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is the beginning of an interesting story here, but I am just not sure that it is my kind of story. I am going to stop here with the series for now.
Brennon Moncur
I was drawn to Biomega by its very good artwork. However, the story gets incomprehensible pretty quickly. If you want to look at pretty pictures and good action sequences, this may fill that need. If you are looking for a story, go elsewhere. That being said, the art really is very good.
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See also 弐瓶 勉.

Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉 Nihei Tsutomu, born 1971) is a Japanese manga artist. His cyberpunk-influenced artwork has gained a strong cult following. He has a relatively large community of fans in Germany where his manga Blame!, NOiSE and Biomega were published by Ehapa. Blame! was also published in France and Spain by Glénat, in the US by Tokyopop and in Italy by Panini Comics.

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Other Books in the Series

Biomega / バイオメガ (6 books)
  • Biomega, Bd. 2
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