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Tokyo Ghost: Complete Edition

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  555 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The Isles of Los Angles 2089 - Humanity is addicted to technology. Getting a virtual buzz is the only thing left to live for, and gangsters run it all. And 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 coun ...more
Hardcover, Complete Edition, 288 pages
Published April 17th 2017 by Image Comics
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(A-) 82% | Very Good
Notes: A stirring satire, it shines in sketchy sublimity, but sadly stoops to schlock for shock’s sake in its so-so second section.
Lovely art but the story was somewhat repetitive and the characters never really grew or changed.
Or maybe just not enough for me?


You have an idealistic young woman, Debbie, who refuses to leave the love of her life, even though he's a (tech) junkie. She's special and she becomes even more special because she's a cutie who flips through the air and believes in mother nature & her man and because I SAID SO.
The young man, Led/Teddy, couldn't cope with what he thought were his shortcomings, started

Tokyo Ghost is dark romantic cyberpunk. And most importantly, satirical social commentary on contemporary (primarily) Western civilization—our obsession with artificiality through media, capitalism, and self-image.

So Tokyo Ghost, while making deep points about love, culture, and humanitarianism, is also extremely crass, which I think can be off-putting for some. But I find this intentional to the narrative as satire. Look at America: we are crass. Rich, fat, hurried, and obnoxious. Obsessed wit
This is now my second favorite Remender comic.

Science-fiction. Romance. And most importantly, a satirical social commentary on contemporary Western civilization, primarily our obsession with artificiality through media, capitalism, and self-image.

So Tokyo Ghost, while making deep points about love, culture, and humanitarianism, is also extremely crass, which I think can be off-putting. But I don't find this to be a shortcoming as much as intentional to the narrative. Look at America: we are cr
Rory Wilding
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2089. Set in the Isles of Los Angeles, where humanity is constantly plugged into technology that is a thrill-seeking drug to distract themselves from reality, law constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay chase down hacker criminals. Upon failing their last assignment, the two lovers-turned-constables are assigned to the mysterious garden nation of Tokyo, where their love is put to the test as they fight against the toxic addiction they’ve grown up with.

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Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Impressive. What this lacks in depth it makes up for in style. It carries many themes and messages: a romance, environmental and social commentary, and the way to personal happiness. The story packs quite a punch, delivering its messages sometimes a little too bluntly, but with a panache brought on by Murphy's incredibly unique visual storytelling. There's a lot to look at in each panel, accentuated by Hollingsworth's colors, who chose to still give some color despite the story taking place in a ...more
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For 2 years I’ve been anticipating this story. And what better way to finally read it than in the beautiful Complete Edition. Having wanting to read this for over 730 days, I am surprised I have not researched or even read the synopsis. I just knew it was by the guy who wrote Low and Deadly Class and it was Sean Murphy’s art. And you gotta love Sean Murphy’s art. I’d say this was a fairly well written story with a concept we have seen before, and some amazing artwork.

Chris Greensmith
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Some irony. The girl who couldn't face her own bullshit....suddenly forcing everyone else to." ...more
Stewart Tame
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was fun. The setting is the Isles of Los Angeles. The year is 2089. The masses are addicted to entertainment, anything to distract from the toxic squalor in which they live. The wealthiest 1% control the media and law enforcement. Two of the top law enforcers around are Debbie Decay and her partner, Led Dent. Debbie is a rarity: a tech-free human. Most of the population have media feeds implanted, but not her. Led, however, more than makes up the difference, constantly binging multiple feed ...more
Pete Apple
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've really enjoyed Mr. Remender's previous works. Low is one of my favorite favorites, both in style and writing. Because of that, I gave this a read. I didn't find it as well done. The story seemed fairly simple and clearly laid out from the start. I found the protagonist somewhat derivative of his other works both in styling and co-dependency traits (and platinum blonde... again?) More frustrating was the fairly one note villain who started out in #1 and essentially ended unchanged in issue # ...more
John Funderburg
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let's put this out there first - Sean Murphy's art is a 5/5 any day of the week. The story is engaging and interesting, but some of the content is a bit over the top, which is why I can't give a full recommendation. That being said, this oversized hardcover showcases Murphy's art and is of excellent quality.

4 1/2 stars
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great allegory for our modern times.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is a pretty damn good cyberpunk story dealing with issues like codependency, addiction, and fragile masculinity. Some of the dialogue, particularly from the main villain, is a little irritating, but overall it is really enjoyable.
Beth Braun
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an unoriginal story... technology is bad and nature is good and almost non-existent. That being said it is still a good/quick read that has amazing art. (A lot of male genitals watch out haha) I enjoyed reading this although I don't know if it is something I would read again. ...more
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Tokyo Ghost takes many modern inspirations and combines them into one fairly seamless story. From A Clockwork Orange to Princess Mononoke, Nineteen Eighty Four to Idiocracy, author Remender takes us to a dystopian hell where technology has run rampant and the masses are drugged with inanity. Our codependent main characters navigate this brave new world while seeking their own paradise. The storyline is hard hitting an
Adam Spanos
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A intriguing, dystopian future of technology vs nature. Rick does a great job in making us realise how tech is dominating how we socialise, act, think, learn. He highlights so much and it's so clear to see the message he is trying to put out there.

The artwork is also so detailed, on point.

I highly recommend buying this gorgeous hardcover. I'm sure once you have it you will keep revisiting it.
Jonas Salonen
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is again Remender at his best. The story is highly interesting. It's quite sick at the same time as being very current in the modern world. The themes are quite straight forward dealing with modern world, entertainment, individuality and technology.

The art is superb, the characters great and the story interesting. What more could you want from a comic? Go buy this stuff already.
Justin Datka
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Juvenile, overly preachy, with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. I lost track of how many times my eyes rolled. Rick Remender is starting to have more misses than hits. Art is out of this world though and keeps this from being a 1 star.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sean Murphy is an effortlessly cool illustrator (see also Batman: White Knight).
Reg Rivett
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, comics
Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy have created a distant, but not unfamiliar, world when the Isles of Los Angles is the only home for humanity. But what kind of humanity is it when all the citizens are plugged in, hopped up on technology and nanobot drugs? What kind of world would that be? What kind of relationships could you have?

For Debbie Decay, Los Angles isn’t a home of humanity. It’s a prison. And she is the only one that isn’t plugged in or hopped up. Too bad that can’t be said for her
Dakota Morgan
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic Rick Remender paired with classic Sean Murphy. The story is largely insane with a headspinning number of twists. The art is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, crisp and detailed, the kind of thing you'd want to put up on your wall as a poster.

It's ultimately a tale of nature vs technology, but on an extremely heightened scale. Technology is so prevalent and powerful that millions simply drift into the digital world and die. Nature is so abandoned that the one green spot on the planet, Tokyo, is i
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tokyo Ghost!!! In a world, where technology rules everything, and addiction to it is the norm (sound familiar?), pleasure is everything. You want 24 hours shows, you got it. You want 24 hours porn, you got it. You want stamina that would make watch for 24 hours, you got it. You want to see people kill each other, you got it! In this story’s America, everyone is wired, and logged in, except for Debbie Decay. She was brought up the right way, learning to fear people, getting hit, and being cast ou ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a frequent comic reader, but was very impressed by the amazing art and vision of a dystopian future in Tokyo Ghost.

First of all, the artwork and coloring in this comic is superb, I would actually frame some of the panels in the comic like a painting on my wall.

As for the narrative:

At heart a love story between tech-phobe Debbie Decay and tech-addict Teddy, aka Led Dent, Tokyo Ghost is simple and easy to follow, relying on repetition almost to a fault, but its simplicity is deceptive: wit
Chris Thompson
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rick Remender shows a lot of anger in Tokyo Ghost. Anger at human apathy - our apathy in electing the wrong leaders, our apathy in destroying the environment, our apathy in allowing technology to hijack our brains (literally, the story’s villain, Davey Trauma, hacks into people’s brains). Certainly not subtle, but I don’t think a story always needs subtlety to be effective.

But Remender could do with more control and focus in his anger. Tokyo Ghost is at its strongest when it slows down and allo
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tokyo Ghost is especially impactful on the first reading. The shocking elements effectively evoke a range of disgust, cringe, and discomfort.

There's still plenty to enjoy on the second read, but some of the thinner story elements are more glaring. The political satire ("Make LA great again") is under-explored. And the cyberpunk future portrayed here feels indistinguishable from other versions in the genre. Otherwise, I like the loop of vengeance and revenge that haunts each act of violence. I c
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent one and done story hardcover from writer Rick Remender, artist Sean Murphy and colorist Matt Hollingsworth. Murphy crafts some truly breathtaking full page spreads that effectively demonstrate the unique futeristic world world of Tokyo Ghost. Set in a future where the majority of the world has been taken over and consumed by media technology a select few exist 'outside'. The story movies at a quick pace with plenty of action and striking imagery. A scene depicting Genghis Khan, Adolf H ...more
Mohammad Al Ayoubi
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just how many people out there think the future may hold a better life? Obviously the writer isn't one of them. Addresssing the rightly depicted "Opium den" problem with anything but that tedious groan of old people.
A strange love story in our fully screwed-to-be world featuring a hot (and platinum blonde lady as the last tech-free preson, sticking to her absentee love.
I gotta admit that such a noble massage kinda apalled me when combined with nudity, strong language and gore... But I am not a
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The artwork was gorgeous, and it's a well constructed story with memorable (if not necessarily nuanced) characters. The origin story/childhood flashbacks were expertly woven into the narrative. There's a surprising amount of sex and nudity without any of it feeling creepy/exploitative/fan service. Definitely worth a read.

With that said... there's nothing all that exciting about the overarching plot. It's the same old "nature vs technology" battle, living in the same old "people are inherently wo
Rafael Morillo
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This story takes is set in 2089 in the Isles of Los Angeles and follows two peacekeepers named Led Dent and his lover Debbie Decay. The story is dystopian with most of the population addicted to technology. Led Dent is heavily addicted to technology and Debbie Decay attempts wean Led Dent from his addictions. Led Dent and Debbie soon are tasked to travel to the last tech-free country on Earth: the garden nation of Tokyo.

Tokyo Ghost was a fun read and I liked the ending. It is a tale about love
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A dystopian future where the gap between rich and poor is larger than ever and technology has taken over the minds of the masses is a world worth visiting in Rick Remender's Tokyo Ghost. With gorgeous art, memorable characters and a well rendered take on the distant future this series is well worth a read. Seemingly contained to a single volume the ending can't help leave you wondering if Remender with revisit this world down the road. ...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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