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Tokyo Ghost, Vol. 1: Atomic Garden

(Tokyo Ghost #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,181 ratings  ·  253 reviews
The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: humanity is addicted to technology. Getting a virtual buzz is the only thing left to live for, and gangsters run it all. Who do these gangsters turn to when they need their rule enforced? Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay are about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of LA and into the last tech-less country ...more
Paperback, Trade, 136 pages
Published March 9th 2016 by Image Comics
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Gianfranco Mancini

Wow... reading this one was a real blast.
Like Pat Mills and Frank Miller writing Marshall Law meets Ronin after watching a Masamune Shirow anime marathon and drinking a fully loaded wagon of beers.

Not bad at all for being a random purchase, I got it after visiting a manga exhibit here in Rome and I was just in the mood... found this in the museum bookstore and the artworks hooked me for good.
If you like anime about cyberpunk dystopic settings filled with ultraviolence and an anti-technology mess
Paul E. Morph
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a birthday gift from Joe and Alisha; thanks, guys! :-)

Let me start by saying the artwork in this book is amazing. Sean Murphy's influences are pretty detectable; there's some Bill Sienkiewicz in there, some Ashley Wood and even some Frank Miller. This adds up to one heck of a sum. Murphy's work is highly kinetic, highly detailed (in places) and shows that this guy knows how to steer a line. Equally impressive is the colour art by Matt Hollingsworth, which is absolutely breathtaking at t

"Consumption gives human life meaning."

Tokyo ghost is a beautifully illustrated dystopian tale of action, romance, and severe social allegory. And damn it, even on my second read this is Rick Remender's most ambitious work to date.

Constables Led Dent and Debbie "Decay" Jacobs are trying to quit their employer and multimedia conglomerate Flak to escape Los Angeles, now a toxic, murderous, debauched city-state you can scarcely imagine. Somehow it is beautiful in its horror.

"Once upon a time ther
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
So when I first started reading this I wasn't sure I'd like it. Semmed like a rip-off of Judge Dredd and I am not a Judge Dredd fan. I am happy to say I stand corrected. Tokyo Ghost is a very interesting sci-fi story. Remender does a great job with any sci-fi world and his gradual world building for future LA is very well done. The two constables are a good team and their exploration of humanity without the need for the tech is a very interesting statement.

The story really takes off when they e
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Just how many post-apocalyptic future stories is Rick Remender planning on writing? Basically "Low" at sea level, the series is saved by Sean Murphy's dynamic art. No one does tripped out, dystopian futures like Murphy. Remender doesn't create very likable characters here (or anywhere else for that matter). Debbie is really the only character to root for.

Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Logan Young
Apr 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Art: 4.5
Story: 1.0

Edit: On further reflection I downgraded this from two stars to one. The art fails to redeem the story enough.

I'll start with what's strong about Tokyo Ghost, and that's the art. This is the second comic I have read that is drawn and colored by Murphy and Hollingsworth and their work is just incredible. The world building they conceptualized and character designs are brilliant. If you are going to read Tokyo Ghost, pick it up for the art, because the story is trash.

I don't kn
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

“We eat together. No one distracted by phones, no one politicking for money or stature. No loud egos. No one more important than anyone else…how sweet the simplicity is.”

I grabbed this first volume of Tokyo Ghost on a whim while attending Fan Expo Canada at the end of the summer. I had heard of it previously because (if you don’t know this yet, where have you been?) Deadly Class, also written by Rick Remender, happens to be my favourite comic series of all time. While exp
I liked the storyline, but I just couldn't get over some of the cringey dialogue. Also, I felt like the story was kind of depressing. I'm not normally opposed to depressing storylines, but this was unsettling because elements of the "tech-obsession" reminded me of real life. There was something else I wanted to mention, but I can't remember what it is now. More later...possibly.
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have appreciated some of Remenders work, but I have never absolutely enjoyed any of it. He can bring you interesting concepts and make you think about the current state of humanity, but his dialogue and character development needs work. I don't know if I would pick up another Remender book after this nonsense.

Reviewed with honesty for Netgalley
I received this from Netgalley and Image Comics in exchange for an honest review.

I was hesitant to grab this one, which was an automatic download on Netgalley. I've been snared a few times by Rick Remender, and it was the old "fool me once..." scenario.

Surprisingly, I really, REALLY dug this one. The storyline, the artwork, it all merged into a bang-up volume.

From the insanity of the tech-heavy LA to the peaceful tech-free Tokyo, this story of trying to escape one's past and build a new life was
Scarlet Cameo
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This one of this graphic novels in which you need to take your time because the firsts pages you don't have any freaking idea about what's happening, the images and the dialoges start give you some clues but there's so much to procced...the Jesus of Killer, the technological society, the girl who kick ass but you don't know why is here, the robot-human-big guy or something like that...but as the pages carry on everything start to have sense and even more the plot start be really interesting. And ...more
5 stars

Remember that Jude Law movie Repo Men? This takes a bit of that idea and runs with it.

Absolute masterpiece dystopian sci-fi story here by Remender and Murphy.

11811 (Eleven)
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Outstanding art with a clever and bizarre story that I maybe didn't like very much. Still not sure what to make of the story. 3.5 stars.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-scifi
I'm reminded why I don't like the punk genre: no laws, no morals, no logic. Too much chaos and too many psychos for anything to be fun. The artwork is a perfect match, so if you like the story, you'll like the artwork. Both are completely wasted on me, but I did enjoy the artwork more than the crappy setting and definitely more than the story, let alone the novel-length script. The relative calm of the story mid-way through was not enough to rise above one star. Hell, I would give it less if I c ...more
Venus Maneater
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, faves, netgalley
I opened the file, started reading…. and during the first few pages I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to finish this comic. There’s just…so much going on, it’s overwhelming. Its Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell mixed with a little Judge Dredd and a sprinkle of Sin City, all dipped in harsh 80’s neon coloring and tripping on a whole lot of A grade acid. There is sex and drugs and ultra-violence.
You can practically hear the soundtrack of Escape from New York or Blade Runner blaring off the pages
Zane Hoffmann
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, image
This was pretty awesome. Definitely not what I was expecting from Rick Remender after reading Deadly Class.

I loved the setting and premise, a dystopian cyberpunk society where in order to escape from the terrible world around them people plug themselves into tech.

The story follows Debbie, a pretty neat young lady who is attempting to survive day to day in the hellish landscape that is L.A. with her tech addicted boyfriend, Led or Teddy or something. Oh yeah, and Led is a constable and he goes
Javier Muñoz
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Led Mella y Debbie Declive forman una pareja de alguaciles de la Corporación Flak que se dedican a proteger a sus clientes de los abusos de los hackers, tras resolver su último caso el Sr Flak les encarga una nueva misión, viajar desde los Ángeles a la nación jardín de Tokyo, el último lugar libre de tecnología de la tierra, para acabar con el cacique que está en el poder y conseguir acceso a los recursos (agua limpia y comida) necesarios para mejorar la vida en el estado de Los Ángeles.

Debbie v
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
So this was one of Remender's earlier gems of another dystopian future.

As we all know Remender goes on and on about his mental health and in this one it really shows in his comics. I think he must have been going through therapy when writing this and this would have been a great outlet of his creativity. He uses physiological meanings and words, to the point when he's shoe horning them in like "I'm not codependent on you babe". It shows his immaturity and holds the characters back.

Perry Gough
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Was OK, but not very original and is kind of typical Remender where he tries to shock but dosent do anything new.

Will read the next volume as this has promise but was overall disappointing.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, read2018
It’s year 2089 in Los Angeles and humans are addicted to technology. They have implants in their heads that live streams reality tv shows directly to them. A world of unemployment, obesity, toxic contamination and no one cares because we are addicted to our next digital fix.

In this graphic book we follow Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay. Debbie Decay is desperate to get her partner and her love, Dent off his digital fix. There is only one place on the world that could help, the last tech-fre
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, cyberpunk
Plot: 2* - Art: 4*

An interesting idea- as often with Remender- but awkwardly handled - as often with Remender.

The critic of the pop-porn culture we dwell in sounds good but is heavily handed while the zen japanese garden stuff is boring to hell. Most dialogues are painfully lame, with a special mention to Davey's irritating verbal diarrhea.

On the other hand Deb and Ted are quite good characters, strong and very weak at the same time and clearly drive the reader's interest. If only they existed
Alice Hudson
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I keep buying post-Deadly Class Rick Remender comics, hoping they'll be as good as some of his earlier stories, but it just isn't. His books have become so didactic that the stories aren't stories so much as morality plays about such topics as "hope and optimism make the world better" and (for Tokyo Ghost) "technology is scary damn kids on their cellphones". I keep hoping he'll produce another Uncanny X-Force or Deadly Class, but alas. Yet, at least with Black Science and Low, there's enough goo ...more
James DeSantis
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A little too edgy at times but damn, when it's good it's great. The art is truly wonderful and pacing is spot on. The fights are meaningful and just like most of Rick work, super depressing. Can't wait for more. 24 minutes ago
Some fantastic art and some interesting ideas but lots of gratuitous sexual content that took away from the story for me.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Sean Murphy drawn gem, this is. I admit I'm late to the party on this book but let's face it, I'm late to the party on life. The key is to enjoy it, not worry about what you do and how you do it.
Anyhow, this book is about Debbie and Led Dent, two constables existing and dispensing justice on the Islands of Los Angeles. This is a dystopian look at the future that may be. The book is a love letter of despair from Remender, Murphy and Hollingsworth about where our technology will take us i
In Tokyo Ghost, the future is not bright. Unless you count the glow from the technology that has taken over everyone's lives. The environment is completely wrecked, most people have been put out of work by automation and the only law comes from corporations who pay enforcers to protect their interests. In this world, Led Dent and Debbie Decay are given the job of finding a way into Tokyo, the last bastion of nature in a world dominated by technology.

Soooo...unpopular opinion time. I struggled w
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Robert
A not-too-distant future in which unemployment is sky high due to automation, resources are dwindling, and the masses are pacified with drugs and entertainment. Oh, and murdered for sport. Every sick kink imaginable is cheap for the taking, including "body pirating, clone incest, snuff prostitutes, Hong Kong suicide slots, clown torture." And more.

If you look REAL CLOSE you can get just a hint of Remender's politics. eg "Frak News" has 98% of the residents of the motherloving LOS ANGELES ISLAND
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sadly I couldn't really get into this one! So this has been on my radar for a while, Image Comics is good at pumping out indie titles that get the Comic nerds chattering, this one being one of them. So the story has a futuristic cyberpunk L.A. with all its Blade Runner goodness. We then have two bounty hunters of sorts wanting to get out, but their boss gives them one last job; to go to a futuristic Japan which has all the resources that L.A. needs and bring it back, only to find Japan to not be ...more
This is very much a paint-by-numbers cyberpunk story. It's basically just a remix of tropes and ideas we've seen from other sources, both in terms of story and art. Maybe cyberpunk has fallen out of fashion enough for people to think this is original, I don't know, but I've seen all of this before, and done better.

Our main villain is a "Millennialist" who spouts internet catchphrases and slang that have already fallen out of favor. YOLO, slag, roflcopter, etc. He takes over people's bodies and c
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
After running out of Black Science Vols, I decided to give this Remender and Co novel a go. As I found with Black Science, the first half of the 1st vol is confusing. Alot happens with the characters and plot, and you dont really start at the beginning. You feel like youre a little late to the party. A little different in style, more cyberpunk post apocalyptic with great action. Although I think its more a shot at where our current world is going, with our obsessive nature with Tech. Deeper than ...more
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Rick Remender is an American comic book writer and artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. He is the writer/co-creator of many independent comic books like Black Science, Deadly Class, LOW, Fear Agent and Seven to Eternity. Previously, he wrote The Punisher, Uncanny X-Force, Captain America and Uncanny Avengers for Marvel Comics.

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