TOKYO GHOST #1-10 (Rick Remender / Sean Murphy)

Pour son nouveau comics Image intitulé Tokyo Ghost, le scénariste Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class, Low) s’associe au dessinateur Sean Murphy (The Wake).

Dans une Amérique usée par le consumérisme et les drogues digitales, deux représentants de la loi, les machines à tuer Led Dent et son assistante Debbie Decay sont commissionnés par des mafieux pour s’occuper d’une affaire hors de leur juridiction, à l’intérieur de la mystérieuse nation perdue de Tokyo.

Dû à l’emploi du temps surchargé du scénariste (All-New Captain America, Axis, Uncanny Avengers), le premier numéro de cette nouvelle série régulière ne paraitra qu’à l’été 2015. Remender déclare déjà qu’il fera des pauses de deux à trois mois entre les arcs de ses séries indépendantes.

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[quote]Tokyo Ghost #1 (Unlettered)
Story by Rick Remender
Art by Sean Murphy
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Cover by Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
Bestselling writer Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS) and artist Sean Murphy (The Wake, Punk Rock Jesus) team up with colorist Matt Hollingsworth (Hawkeye, The Wake) for the new ongoing series TOKYO GHOST, coming to Image Comics in Summer 2015.
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.[/quote]

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Liens
Le site de l’éditeur: imagecomics.com
Le site du scénariste: rickremender.com
Le site du dessinateur: seangordonmurphy.com

Voici quelques recherches de Sean Murphy:

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[quote=“Rick remender”]We’ve got a huge back story and I think there’s some fun reveals that happen in that story. So you will learn more. As you can see from the art, the isles of New Los Angeles are L.A., but the ocean levels have risen a half a mile. They’re all the way up to the Hollywood sign, and the water is so toxic that it will melt your skin.

So it’s of those wonderful influences and tropes that you mentioned, but that’s where it starts. Ultimately, where the story goes and how we’re able to progress it because we’re not stuck in a licensed property where we have to keep the characters sort of whole means we get to tell a story with those sort of Mad Max, Judge Dredd, and Lobo archetypes and featuring a character like that with very unique twist. We then get to take him some place that ultimately has never been done before with a character like that.[/quote]

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Ouais, et c’est pas comme si Sean Murphy était désœuvré, en plus.
Et purée, il en met, du taf, sur ses planches, ça rigole pas. Je suis pas toujours fan de son boulot, mais il vole pas le client !

Jim

C’est sûr…il va falloir patienter mais c’est sacrément alléchant !

Tu m’étonnes ! Vivement !

Nom d’un punk ! ça envoie du bois !

Quelques images de Tokyo Ghost:

Source: www.twitter.com/Sean_G_Murphy

[quote]Tokyo Ghost #1
Story by Rick Remender
Art by Sean Murphy
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Cover by Sean Murphy
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 Garden Nation of Tokyo.
Bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS) and superstar art team SEAN MURPHY (CHRONONAUTS, Punk Rock Jesus) and MATT HOLLINGSWORTH (WYTCHES, Hawkeye) examine our growing addiction to technology while thirsting for a nature we continue to destroy.[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

Rick Remender s’exprime sur sa décision de concentrer sa carrière chez les indépendants (“pour le moment”):

[quote] I just know that for right now we’ve got some illness in the family, and I need to be more available for that. That was one of the major points in my decision. I’ve really had the pedal down over the last few years, and I haven’t had a whole lot of time to be present. Now, there’s a lot of need for my attention. So that sort of lit the fuse.

The other half of that is, I’m very much enjoying making creator-owned books and want to keep my focus clean. I’m working with a lot of terrific people, and we get to do whatever we want in exactly the way we want to do it.

Returning to mainstream comics, though, is an absolutely open possibility. I don’t know what the future holds. I know that for right now I’m really enjoying doing the creator-owned books and will be doing them exclusively for the foreseeable future, but who knows where the road will take me? If people stop buying the books, that’s that. I had a lot of fun doing a lot of the different books I did at Marvel. It was definitely very hard to leave some of the cool shit I had lined up there.[/quote]

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[quote]Tokyo Ghost #1
Story by Rick Remender
Art by Sean Murphy
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Cover by Sean Murphy
Publisher Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
Release Date Sep 16th, 2015
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 Garden Nation of Tokyo.
Bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS) and superstar art team SEAN MURPHY (CHRONONAUTS, Punk Rock Jesus) and MATT HOLLINGSWORTH (WYTCHES, Hawkeye) examine our growing addiction to technology while thirsting for a nature we continue to destroy.[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

Quelqu’un aurait l’épisode 4 de Punk Rock Jesus, parait qu’il y a presque la même double page que celle-ci :

Oui avec une harley, c’est pas tout à fait la même, mais pas très loin.

[quote]Speaking to your comment about the first issue being an introduction. I like first issues that feel like the opening of Raiders of The Lost Ark. I like opening issues that might not necessarily speak entirely to the story that’s coming, but setup the characters, who they are, and a bit of the world they live while also dropping us into the middle of the action. It’s something I’ve done on most of my books. Black Science opens that way, and Fear Agent opens that way, and a number of books I’ve done open this way.

Tokyo Ghost is another one like that. The first issue is a counterweight to the rest of the series in that it is setting up a world that is not… unlikely. It’s taking a number of actual problems that we are facing environmentally, and socially. It is sort of doing the thing that dystopic science-fiction does in seeing what it’s like when the glaciers melt, and we live in the Isles of Los Angeles and everyone is tech addicted to avoid the toxicity in the nightmarish realities of the world around them. Then in a lot of ways it’s a love letter to Judge Dredd, Robocop, Lobo, and some of the post apocalyptic action movies of the 80s. This is the stuff I was grown into as a kid growing up in those years. It’s also an examination of that potential eventuality, and some characters who are stuck in that world. The series is also an examination of the human spirit, and what eventually can be done when a couple of individuals set their mind to it. I’m dancing a little bit, because I obviously don’t want to give away too much of the plot.[/quote]

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[quote]TOKYO GHOST #2

STORY BY
Rick Remender
ART BY
Matt Hollingsworth
COVER BY
Matt Hollingsworth
PUBLISHER
Image Comics
COVER PRICE:
$3.50
RELEASE DATE
Oct 21st, 2015

MATURE READERS ONLY

Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay are given their final mission: purge their bodies of all technology and invade the Garden Nation of Tokyo.[/quote]

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Source : comicbookresources.com

[quote] Tokyo Ghost #3

Story by Rick Remender
Art by Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth
Cover by Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
Release Date Nov 18th, 2015
MATURE READERS ONLY

Led and Debbie find their target in the Gardens of Tokyo, a messianic figure that keeps the island free of all technology.[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]Tokyo Ghost #4

Story by
Rick Remender
Art by
Sean Gordon Murphy
Cover by
Sean Gordon Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher
Image Comics

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Dec 16th, 2015

MATURE READERS

Life in paradise is cut short for Led and Debbie, as a snake from their past seeks vengeance on the Constable.[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

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[quote]Tokyo Ghost #6

Story by
Rick Remender
Art by
Sean Gordon Murphy
Colors by
Matt Hollingsworth
Cover by
Sean Gordon Murphy
Publisher
Image Comics

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Apr 20th, 2016

Flak world’s new CCO, Davey Trauma, is making some changes to The Isles of Los Angeles more to his suiting. How could it get any worse? You’ll see. Constable Led Dent returns to his brutal beat, but he’s haunted by a ghost from Tokyo.
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Source : www.comicbookresources.com

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Tokyo Ghost #10 sera le dernier numéro de la série… pour le moment.

[quote]At this point, it’s fine if the book wraps there and takes a little hiatus, but we’ve got some plans in place in case it might go on after that. We’ll see how our schedules work out, but we’re in love with the world and what we’ve got to play with here. I know for sure if you’ve enjoyed the first six issues, the conclusion to the first major story we have coming up in the next five will keep you satisfied.

I wrote a story, and Issue #10 wraps up that initial “Tokyo Ghost” story, but of course as you immerse yourself in the world, have fun, write stories, and see the artist create things millions of other ideas pop up. It’s just a matter of, “Do I want to go back to working on Sundays?” [Laughs] Do I like that day off? Or do I want to add another project? I’ve got a love for this book, though, and its characters. I basically have an idea for the next 20 issues; it’s just whether or not I can find time to put that together.[/quote]

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[quote]Tokyo Ghost #7

Story by
Rick Remender
Art by
Sean Gordon Murphy
Colors by
Matt Hollingsworth
Cover by
Sean Gordon Murphy
Publisher
Image Comics

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
May 25th, 2016

MATURE READERS

The Tokyo Ghost has come to liberate New Los Angeles from the stranglehold of Flak Industries. But the powerful don’t go down without a fight, and this fight’s about to get ugly.
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Source : www.comicbookresources.com

Les bacs à soldes ont parfois du bon.
J’avais lu le premier épisode de la série, et j’avais aussitôt laissé tomber. Je retrouvais dans le récit tout ce que je déteste chez Remender, à savoir une voix off horripilante et envahissante qui se met en tête d’expliquer la vie, l’univers et le reste à son lecteur, des courses-poursuites sans queue ni tête ni rime ni raison, une violence exagérée, des enjeux complètement diffus à peine esquissés dans les dernières cases…
Et puis voilà que je trouve à vil prix le premier TPB. Je me dis que je redonnerais bien sa chance à la série, ne serait-ce que pour les jolis dessins de Sean Murphy, et j’embarque l’objet. Bon, je n’irais pas jusqu’à m’exclamer que “bien m’en a pris”, tant il est vrai que la lecture n’est pas de l’ordre de la révélation genre “fichtre, j’ai failli passer à côté du prochain prix nobel de la bédé”. Mais j’ai trouvé ce tome très agréable.

Déjà, il y a Sean Murphy. Qui signe des décors hallucinants (la poursuite… encore une… du deuxième épisode est étourdissante, la double page proprement vertigineuse). Ensuite, les choses sérieuses commencent au deuxième épisode, avec la précision des enjeux et l’arrivée de divers intervenants qui rendent l’action moins manichéenne. De fait, en restant sur l’impression de mon premier épisode, où les gentils couraient dans tous les sens poursuivis par le(s) méchant(s), je n’avais pas profité de ce coup d’accélérateur narratif.
Les personnages, enfin, vont quelque part. Au sens géographique, mais également en termes dramaturgiques. Et là, Remender revient à son obsession de la rechute, des conséquences des mauvais choix, mais c’est traité de manière nettement plus subtile que dans Black Science ou encore Uncanny X-Force ou Uncanny Avengers. La technologie considérée comme une drogue (la “technophilie” dans un sens biologique, pathologique) est intéressante, et la rechute est plus poignante que dans d’autres récits du scénariste. On se prend à s’intéresser aux personnages, à craindre pour eux.
Paradoxalement, les deux héros sont souriants, chose rare chez Remender. C’est d’ailleurs peut-être pour cela qu’on éprouve de l’empathie : parce qu’ils affichent un certain bonheur, une certaine sérénité.

Bref, c’est pas mal du tout. Je ne suis pas estomaqué, ou alors si je le suis, c’est davantage parce que je viens de trouver un Remender qui me plaît bien, ce qui ne n’est plus arrivé depuis FrankenCastle. Bref, contrairement à Black Science, j’ai plutôt envie de connaître la suite (et si je comprends bien, en plus, elle ne va pas tarder, héhé…).

Jim