Biomega Vol 1 by Tsutomu Nihei Manga Review


Title: Biomega Vol 1

Author: Tsutomu Nihei

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 9781421531847


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Searching for the key to save a world beyond hope. Tsutomu Nihei’s sci-fi horror epic! Zoichi Kanoe plunges into the depths of 9JO-an island city in the middle of the Pacific Ocean-in search of Eon Green, a girl with the power to transmute the N5S virus. He’s not the only one looking for her, though… Agents of the Public Health Service’s Compulsory Execution Unit are also in hot pursuit. Zoichi and his transhuman allies have no time to waste; the countdown to the zombie apocalypse has begun!!

Yeehaw!!  This is one rip-roaring adventure that doesn’t let up for a second! My heart was literally pounding with a mixture of fear and adrenaline.   Any book that successfully merges a shotgun wielding bear, zombies, and a tough guy with a motorcycle deserves a few kudus for making that mishmash blend seamlessly together.  I hardly even raised an eyebrow when the talking, gun toting bear makes his first appearance.  I was too busy trying not to freak out about all of the zombies closing in on our hero, Zoichi.  Argh!

I have mentioned before that I am a chicken and I don’t really enjoy the horror genre that much.  You can’t drag me to a horror movie – it just ain’t happening, no way, no how.  I am still suffering from nightmares from the ONE time I allowed Dean to drag me a horror flick (People Under the Stairs, in case you are wondering), and I will never see another one if I have anything to say about it.  But for some weird freaky reason, I like zombies.  But only in printed form.  NEVER on screen – too ooey and gooey for me, what with all of those chunks of flesh dripping off with every step, and even worse, the vomit inducing scenes when the hapless idiots get their brains eaten.

Biomega delivers up just enough of a plot to make the scary bits, and there are a lot of those, relevant.  Yoichi is in a race to save humanity, but he’s not the only one after Eon Green, a girl with the key to putting an end to the virus that has turned most of the population into mindless drones.  There’s not much dialog as Tsutomu Nihei lets his cinematic illustrations drive the story relentlessly forward.  The action flows with a frenzied urgency that won’t allow you to put the book down until you finish it. And then you are going to want to make sure you have volume two near at hand.  And see, I don’t have it, which is even more horrifying than the thought of being cornered by a shambling horde of zombies and having my brains eaten up.

Grade: A-

Special thanks to Katherine Dacey at The Manga Critic for convincing me to read this

2 thoughts on “Biomega Vol 1 by Tsutomu Nihei Manga Review

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  • May 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the nod, Julie! I’m really glad you enjoyed Biomega. I didn’t expect to like it at all, since I’m also a big chicken about horror movies (and, by extension, video games that play like first-person-shooter horror movies), but was really surprised by the quality of the art and the efficiency of the storytelling. Looking forward to your review of volume two!

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