By Rick Remender, Sean Murphy & Matt Hollingsworth
Rick Remender’s new Image series is a futuristic parable set in the year 2089. Law within the Isles of Los Angeles is defined not by any civic government but a corporation. Order is maintained in part by constables, but mostly through the fact that the majority of the population is jacked into the internet at the expense of reality. They live in digital worlds built through addiction; the only thing that can pull them out of the digital is the grisly spectacle of The Death Races. Here “Every kill is just a stat. And like a video game reality has become what was always inside us . . . romanticizing murder and warfare.” Yes, Tokyo Ghost is Remender in full-on angst mode. He is approaching some very big themes with a pessimistic deposition. The ideas are intriguing, though the actual execution leaves something to be desired.
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