GLX reviews Biomega vol. 1.
Writer / Artist - Tsutomu Nihei
Translation - John Werry
English Adaptation - Stan!
Touch-up art and lettering - Primary Graphix
My first encounter with Tsutomu Nihei's work was his miniseries for Marvel called Wolverine: Snikt. It was an action-packed comic that really captured my imagination. Years later, I've gotten a hold of Biomega vol. 1 and I can safely say that Nihei delivers the goods.
Toa Heavy Industry agent Zoichi Kanoe goes into a synthetic island town called 9JO. He's there for a girl named Eon Green. She is an Accommodator to the N5S virus - a virus that is turning humans into hideous monsters. Unfortunately for Zoichi, the Public Health Service is also after Eon for their own sinister goals.
The highlight of Biomega vol. 1 is the art. Nihei does an excellent job of conveying motion. Every panel flows right into the other next one. He doesn't reuse previous panels, but keeps the action lively with energetic scenes. I'd go as far as to say that some of the scenes in Biomega are some of the most exciting scenes that I've read in a while. Primary Graphix touches up the art by translating the sound effects, which makes the action scenes more immersive.
The detail that Nihei adds to the world of Biomega is astounding. There are some modern artists that use photos as backgrounds. Instead of going that route, Nihei draws detailed, yet dreary architecture. His art makes the world of Biomega feel real without abandoning style. The characters are drawn in a consistent and visually appealing manner. The villains portray menace just on their appearance alone.
Biomega vol. 1 doesn't have much to offer when it comes to the writing. Instead of focusing on using heavy amounts of dialogue and captions, Nihei gives his art its time to shine. The end result is a work that tells little and shows a lot.
Simply put, Biomega vol. 1 is a beast. It's an action-packed and gorgeous work that takes the reader on an exhilarating ride. This is definitely worth a purchase.
8.2* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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