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Image Expo 2014: Tokyo Ghost Shows a Bleak Future




As part of this year’s Image Expo, Image Comics announced a slew of new creator-owned series.  One of the new titles is Tokyo Ghost from writer Rick Remender, artist Sean Murphy, and colorist Matt Hollingsworth.  The ongoing series will begin in Summer 2015.  Here’s the write up from the publisher:


Tokyo Ghost welcomes readers to the isles of New Los Angeles, 2189. Humanity has become nothing more than a sea of consumers, ravenous and starving wolves, sick from toxic contamination, who have to borrow, beg, and steal for the funds to buy, buy, buy their next digital fix. Getting a thrill, a distraction from reality, is the only thing left to live for. Entertainment is the biggest industry, the drug everyone needs, and gangsters run it all. And who do these gangsters turn to when they need the "law" enforced? Led Dent and Debbie Decay, constables of the law, which is a nice way to say “brutal killing machines." The duo are about to be presented with an assignment that will force them out of the decay of LA and into the mysterious lost nation of Tokyo.


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"Sean and Matt are two of the best artists in comics and the only two people who could realize the wondrous brutality and twisted romance of this story we've cooked up together,” said Remender. “It's some of the most fun I've had, it's equal parts depravity and beauty, violence and poetic reflection. It's unlike anything I've ever done. The only bad thing about Tokyo Ghost is that you have to wait a year to see it."  


"Rick is one of the most impressive writers in comics—a masterful storyteller in both mainstream and independent comics,” said Murphy. “Nobody is attacking the industry quite like Rick is, and I'm thrilled to help him do it, especially with my trusted colorist Matt Hollingsworth by my side. Tokyo Ghost is a love letter to the sci fi action movies we grew up on, with a little bit of Kurosawa thrown in."


"Reading over the pitch for Tokyo Ghost, I had a big grin on my face imagining this world we would all be making together,” said Hollingsworth. “Hopefully you will enjoy it a tenth as much as we are enjoying creating it."


“Rick has been on a real roll since returning to Image last year, and it almost sounds like a slight to his other work to say Tokyo Ghost looks set to be his best new series yet,” added Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Collaborating with talent as titanic as Sean Murphy makes this a real event, though, and I really can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on this one.”




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