Tokyo Ghost #1

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Sean Murphy Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 16, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 21
8.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: Humanity is addicted to technology, a population of unemployed leisure seekers blissfully distracted from toxic contamination, who borrow, steal, and kill to buy their next digital fix. Getting a virtual buzz is the only thing left to live for. It's the biggest industry, the only industry, the drug everyone needs, and gangsters run it all.

And who do these gangsters turn to when they need their rule enforced? Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay. This duo is about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of Los Angeles to take down the last tech-less country on Earth: The Gard more

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Sep 23, 2015

    Tokyo Ghost is one of those books where I felt a bit depressed by reading it, while at the same time feeling energized by the art and creative storytelling. Remender and Murphy have a potential hit on their hands here and I'm excited to see just where this book is headed. The first issue left me not wanting to check my phone for a while, which is OK because that just means I got to read this book a second time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Sep 17, 2015

    This book was meant to be a sort of reality check for all of us. Technology isn’t as bad as drugs, but it alters the mind, causes short attention spans, lessens impulse control, etc. It’s absolutely disheartening, seeing the connections between drug addiction and technology addiction. As for the story, who knows where it’ll go from here? I have a feeling Remender has some surprises for us, and I’m stoked to see what they are! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fox Force Five News - Keven Skinner Sep 22, 2015

    Tokyo Ghost was so well written, so well drawn and coloured (Matt Hollingsworth is too damn good and there's a reason he's featured on so many acclaimed books these days). The debut chapter of Tokyo Ghost is to comics whatMad Max Fury Road was to film this year. Non-stop chaos, astounding world building, strong characters and elevating the genre of science fiction. Perfect. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Max Silver Sep 23, 2015

    The artwork is really a sight to behold. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Sep 16, 2015

    'Tokyo Ghost' has energy and visual invention that is so fully realized and dazzling that it thrashes with a punk-rock beat. The creators conjured up an exhilarating, deranged and exhausting tour de force that highlight each of their strengths. It also wraps a beating heart of tenderness in one of the most epic action extravaganzas in comics. Get this book now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Sep 16, 2015

    This is a great book. Only time will tell what's in store for these dynamic characters (and I really hope it's something strong and independent for Debbie). So, before time is up, and next month's issue is out, make sure to grab this book. If you don't it'll probably be gone (or gone to second printing), so check this out early on. Tokyo Ghost is for fans of hard and fast action, harder and faster dialogue, and heart-stopping moments of insanity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Sep 17, 2015

    This first issue ofTokyo Ghost has a lot going on, aggressively eschewing the usual trade off of character vs. plot for a first issue of a new series by just smashing together both. And it works. More could, and presumably will, be said about Led. To be honest, I worry that once Led starts to come off of his addiction he will start to overshadow Debbie Decay in the story, which I think would be a great shame because as it stands, she is far and away the most compelling character. The story is compelling, but the art is the main draw here for me. Remender, Murphy and Hollingsworth deliver a cyberpunk LA noir with death races, video games obsessives and explosions and it looks ridiculously pretty. This is a great first issue and I can't wait to see where it goes. Pick it up at your LCS or digitally today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Sep 20, 2015

    For a debut issue, the books hits it off with a bang! Remender & Murphy are a brilliant team that are a match made in heaven. This could easily become one of my new favorite Image book. Absolutely worth the read for any fan of sci-fi. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Sep 20, 2015

    For a debut issue, the books hits it off with a bang! Remender & Murphy are a brilliant team that are a match made in heaven. This could easily become one of my new favorite Image book. Absolutely worth the read for any fan of sci-fi. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Sep 21, 2015

    Obviously, the dissonance between reality and technologically created fantasy is both frightening and stark, but the blurring of those lines is also an idea that needs to be observed and addressed in tandem. Maybe what Tokyo Ghost does best is illustrate the fact that today's technological advancement is happening right in front of us while simultaneously maintaining itself as an abstract concept. Both of these things can be paradoxically true, but what's most important is that we need to remain conscious of the way humanity evolves while "progress" happens. How can we remain who we are when everything about us is changing? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Jan 23, 2016

    The creative team behind this series has produced a stunning first arc, for not only is it loaded with gritty Judge Dredd-esque violence but it also does a great job of showing very human emotions and relationships. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Sep 17, 2015

    But there's more to “Tokyo Ghost” than simply danger porn and pretty pictures. Remender and Murphy are warning against the perils of over-reliance on technology. As Remender himself points out in the first letter's column, “our impulse control is gone, our attention spans are shorter, and it's only getting worse.” While this might seem like a rather doom and gloom viewpoint on the world, it is only the first issue, and it's undeniable that the speed with which technology is changing both our world and us as people is at times a little unsettling. More importantly, however, it also offers a veritable playground for speculative fiction, and it will be interesting to see where this creative team, who already seem perfectly in sync with one another, take it as the series continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Sep 17, 2015

    Not quite as heavy as it could have been but Murphy and Remender is a superhero team up so awesome, this book was bought from the start. Same goes for next month, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Sep 17, 2015

    Whether you are fan of Remender or Murphy, you will find a lot to like in Tokyo Ghost #1. The dialogue may turn away some, but the stellar characters, setting, and action will draw in most. This isn't the strongest debut, but that doesn't stop the creative team from putting together one of the most interesting and wild stories of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Caleb Palmquist Sep 15, 2015

    Murphy and Hollingsworth's grim future world of Los Angeles strikes just the right balance between depressing and brightly colorful. This is a world that is falling apart around the people who live in it, but they do not even notice, because their attention is all devoted to the vibrant world of the internet they can all see through their nanopaks. Stark contrasts and a constant sense of motion define the aesthetic of this book, making it compelling and gut-wrenching at the same time.Though the message may be heavy-handed, Remender and company seem to be telling a familiar story with a fresh perspective. At the end of the first issue, our characters are on their way to the last tech-free place on the planet: the "Garden of Tokyo." What they discover there and how the story progresses will determine whether Tokyo Ghost is a thought-provoking discourse on the nature of technology, or a trite, navel-gazing self-indulgence. I'm hoping for the former. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - neil_or_no_deal Oct 12, 2015

    There is no getting away from it, Remender and Murphy have delivered a solid first issue of a series that has a whole heap of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 19, 2015

    "Tokyo Ghost" is a love story of a woman trying to pull her boyfriend out of an electronics addiction. The story is packed with action and the love story aspect is really only part of the narration until it takes center stage over the final two pages. The comic is gorgeous as the artwork presents an amazing story that is detailed, imaginative and lively. This is a comic book to check out and keep an eye on. It has "smash hit" written all over it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 16, 2015

    There are many layers present in TOKYO GHOST #1. I found myself re-reading the issue a couple times and each time I looked at it a little differently. You could say that Rick Remender and Sean Murphy have something for everyone here. There's some big and crazy action scenes. Murphy cuts loose and it doesn't look like he's really holding back. Matt Hollingsworth's colors gives it a stellar look. It's not all mindless action as the message of how our obsession with technology is present without being shown in too preachy of a fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 17, 2015

    No matter how you slice it, Tokyo Ghost is a great read. Its fast and frenetic, driven by a strong narrative pulse and some amazing art. That said, as of now the book's human element isn't quite there yet, leaving some of the book's more emotional scenes to fall just short. With more depth and development this has the look of a series that could end up being incredible; as it stands now, it's just really dang good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Adam Atkinson Sep 23, 2015

    Overall, this is a really interesting story, and one that I am interested to see how it goes. I would recommend trying it out, as it just might be one of the best comics of 2015. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Cody Tromler Sep 25, 2015

    Tokyo Ghost has a few bumps in the road but the potential and talent in this book far outweigh the minor problems it has! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Sep 17, 2015

    The backmatter promises a wild shift in tone for the next issue and then another in subsequent issues, so it's a little early to gauge just how, exactly, this debut issue stacks up to the story they are telling as a whole. However, as an opening piece, "Tokyo Ghost" #1 arrives with style and panache, an entertaining ride across a bleak future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Sep 20, 2015

    This mature readers title is an exciting start to what I hope is an epic run. I look forward to the Tokyo part of this book, and to see just who Debbie and Led are, and what their future holds. Remender, Murphy and Hollingsworth have created something special here, something I cant wait to continue reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Sep 15, 2015

    Even if this particular issue has a familiar premise, the amount of detail and attention paid to developing this story is incredible. A couple of pages from next months installment are previewed in the back matter and they look absolutely gorgeous. It shouldn't have to be said, but just in casepick up this book! This looks to be another amazing title in Images pantheon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 15, 2015

    Tokyo Ghost #1 is beautiful, it's action-packed, and yet it feels surprisingly hollow. Perhaps it's the video game subject matter, or perhaps it's just two creators looking to have fun and collaborate, and screw what the critics might say. (Remember, 8 out of 10 isn't a bad score, people!) Maybe I'm overthinking it, or maybe I'm just asking for too much. But for two creators like Rick Remender and Sean Murphy, you can only hope that they'll continue to grow and innovate - because as thoughtful and Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Sep 16, 2015

    To broaden that idea of a first line, inaugural issues, too, are important; to set tone, atmosphere and of course, interest. And in both the phenomenal initial hook for this issue, and it being itself a great way in to what I think will be an intriguing story, Tokyo Ghost #1 scintillates. And I for one will be coming back for more copulation next time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Sep 18, 2015

    Finally, Tokyo Ghost #1 serves as the hors' deouvre of the futuristic consequences of internet addiction and the brand of science fiction genre the creative team wants to scrutinize. World-building and character introductions are in-placed. Remender's writings provided clues and potential scenarios for future issues to come, while both Murphy and Hollingsworth's artistic executions delivered unequivocally to bring forth the necessary drives to make this issue worth reading and appreciating. Tokyo Ghost is truly a love-letter of cyber punk and the fusion of Mad Max and Judge Dredd! Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Sep 18, 2015

    TOKYO GHOST #1 wastes the talent of its team, creating a vulgar and unsympathetic world populated with further unsympathetic characters motivated by a plot that has no real import. Iwill read TOKYO GHOST #2 because this team has at least earned enough good will for me to give them another shot, but they are on very,very thin ice. Read Full Review

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