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Viz to Bring BIOMEGA Stateside

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Man, I love this guy's artwork.
Manga and Cyberpunk nerds rejoyce! Starting this February, Viz Media plans on bringing the epic post-apocalyptic/zombie/sci-fi epic BIOMEGA to the United States.

I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of this story…well mainly because I’m a self-proclaimed Weeaboo, and well…you’re not. The author of this series, Tsutomu Nihei, is carrying on the tradition of the great Japanese cyberpunk manga artists (like Masamune Shiro) that came before him. I had a chance to flip through one of the volumes recently and if you like any of the following story elements:

  • Virus Infected Zombies
  • AI Controlled Motorcycles
  • Synthetic Humans
  • A Weapon Wielding Bear With The Minds of a Russian Scientists
  • Evil Government Organizations
  • Immortal Beings
  • Scenes of Vast Wastelands

Then you should take an active interest in picking this series up when it hits the stores this February. The PR follows.

Zoichi Kanoe plunges into the depths of 9JO, a sprawling island city in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in search of Eon Green, a girl with the power to transmute the N5S virus. The deadly contagion is spreading across the world, turning humans into disfigured, zombie-like “drones.” But he’s not the only one looking for her. Agents of the Public Health Service’s Compulsory Execution Unit are also in hot pursuit, with sinister designs of their own. Zoichi and his trans-human allies have no time to waste; the countdown to the apocalypse has begun!

“Tsutomu Nihei created BIOMEGA with a jaw-dropping, intensely powerful art style that reflects his background in modern architecture,” says Leyla Aker, Editorial Manager, VIZ Media. “The main characters—the “enhanced” human Zoichi and Fuyu, the AI in his rocket of a motorcycle—navigate this apocalyptic landscape in a story that offers pure speed, action, and suspense. Both manga and American comics fans won’t want to miss this exciting debut!”

Tsutomu Nihei debuted with the acclaimed manga short story BLAME!, which was nominated for North America’s Harvey Award and won the Shiki Award in Japan. The artist also created NOiSE, a manga prequel to BLAME!. His visually striking Wolverine tie-in SNIKT! was published by Marvel Comics along with a commission by Bungie Studios for the HALO graphic novel.

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