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BLACK MAGIC 2ND ED TP

(W) SHIROW MASAMUNE (A) SHIROW MASAMUNE (CA) SHIROW MASAMUNE

Today, the planet Venus is a literal hell of furnace-like temperatures and dense, poisonous atmosphere. But millions of years in its past, Venus teemed with life and with a civilization far advanced to our own. The Nemisis supercomputer controls government functions, with bioroid "executors" created to carry out the system's utopian edicts. But trouble brews even in paradise, as different executors vie for control of Nemesis, forcing the governing system to secretly create Duna Typhon, a super-bioroid "sleeper," raised among the human populace, ready to use her awesome powers should Nemesis be co-opted to turn paradise into paradise last. From the imagination of Ghost in the Shell creator SHIROW MASAMUNE comes his first published series, Black Magic, a sweeping science-fiction epic that introduces many of the themes and ideas that inform all of Shirow's work: the merging of man and machine, the limitless possibilities and potential misuses of technology, the blurring line between human and computer consiousness. • Now available in right-to-left reading format!

GHOST IN SHELL DLX RTL HC ED #1

(W) SHIROW MASAMUNE (A) SHIROW MASAMUNE (CA) SHIROW MASAMUNE

This deluxe edition will mark the first time the book has been published in its original Japanese right-to-left format in English. Supervised by the creator, this will be the definitive edition of The Ghost in the Shell. Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers" who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers' criminal ends.