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Biomega, Tome 1 (Biomega / バイオメガ #1)

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Dans un monde futuriste post-apocalyptique qui pourrait bien être à l’origine de celui de Blame ! (l’autre oeuvre culte de l’auteur), Biomega narre la quête de Zouichi Kanoe, un androïde conçu par une puissante corporation. Son but ? Trouver des humains ayant développé une immunité naturelle face à un virus qui a transformé les hommes en monstrueux zombies. Pilotant une mo...more
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 25th 2009 by Editions Glénat (first published January 1st 2007)
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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...more
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...more
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
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
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.
Karl Fischer
A very intriguing first volume, fast-paced, and visually stunning.
Jason Seaver
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...more
Strangerealms
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 Ty
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...more
Erin
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...more
Charles
Sep 09, 2010 Charles rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Rodney Wilder
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
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...more
T S
Stunning in scope and execution, this wild tale is part horror, part sci-fi, and part mind-blowing action. Volumes 1-3 of Tsutomu Nihei's epic have thus far sent me reeling much the same way that James Cameron's Terminator did the first time I saw it. Like that film, Biomega tells a compelling story on the run, focusing on a few central characters, and keeps jerking the rug out from under the reader every few chapters by throwing incredibly tough bad guys at the protagonists. Nothing seems assur...more
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 de las Mil Puertas
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
Tyler
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.
Glorious Ham
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
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...more
Alexander Case
Biomega reads a lot like a late '80s-early '90s OVA, in the sense that the manga has an incredibly tight focus on action. While there is a narrative there, the story spends more time on the action sequences. To be fair, there isn't anything wrong with that - the manga gives the action sequences the time they need to flow properly, and allow the reader to keep track of everything. There are a lot of manga artists who could probably learn something form Nihei.
Kirstin DeGeer
Low on exposition. High on virus-created-zombie killing, genetically messed-up cyber-evil-doers who have gone way over the top with facial reconstruction, futuristic corporations run wild, stoic-black-haired guy on motorcycle doing hugely rediculous things (artificial human or not) with said motorcycle and guns, big-badda-boom destruction, and beautiful, beautiful artwork. Oh, plus a talking bear with a rifle. What little was said in this story gave me enough information for me to understand som...more
Miguel Franco
One of my favorite artists. This series features an interesting storyline and some of the most amazing art I have ever seen.
Cecilia
Gillade illustrationerna, men hände inte så mycket direkt.
Erik Erickson
Things were really looking up when I saw the jaggedly morbid art style and the bear with a sniper rifle. Too bad the plot is incoherent, although that's probably partly to do with the fact that I read the scanlation (as usual). It says you don't need to have read Blame or the author's other books but I bet it helps a lot. Not much more than a guilty pleasure, really. Although most manga I read falls into that category. Certainly not as enthralling as Death Note or Parasyte. But it is post-apocal...more
Beck
Violent, harsh, lots of black, with some revolting and scary images. Just what I would look for in a film. I had some trouble following bits of action, as usual, but I wasn't bored (which I usually am with static pictures of action).

Lots of questions unanswered, but an intriguing setup that definitely gets me into the next volume.

I'm a little saddened by the way that motorcycle hologram doesn't look strikingly different from Eon (who makes the same face in every single panel).
Zachariah Carlson
First manga I've read in a while, so it took a minute to get used to the right-to-left reading again, and some of the action panels were a little confusing. But I love the heavy art style, and really solid-feeling characters. The story moves at a good pace. This doesn't appear to be much of a character-development story; it's just badasses fighting badasses. I'm fully cool with this. I'm going to get the rest of the series, I think.
Shaun Thomas
Short on exposition but long on compelling visuals, Biomega has great potential to redefine the zombie/end of civilization genre often seen in manga. Unfortunately its fast pace and tendency to dramatize still-shots leaves very little room for plot; this works as a great introduction to the series, but not quite enough information to determine if the story will be any good.

I'll be keeping an eye on this series.
David

Yeah... I'm not so sure about this series, from the first book. It's got a whole lot of action, and at least it seems to have a story/premise/purpose... but I can't tell at this stage, what that IS, exactly. The zombies wanna take over the world? Whut whut whut?

Also, there is a talking bear.

I'm pretty much reading onward, to find out more about the talking bear.

Just so you know.
Dru
a very quick read, but otherwise a very interesting book. sort of a sci fi/zombie story, that boasts some fantastic art, especially in terms of the dystopian landscapes. very moody and dark thanks to a lot of black on the page. recommended.

edit- i almost forgot: there's a bear. a talking bear. who shoots guns. (if that doesnt convince you to try it, nothing will)
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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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