Rick Remender and Sean Murphy. Those two creators on this book is all the reason I needed to check it out. In the story, we're brought to the future world in the year 2089. As you might expect, the future doesn't look too great. If you've ever walked out in the city, mall, or airport, you'll notice that everyone has one thing in common--they're all attached to their mobile devices. People are addicted to their devices and need constant updates on what is happening in their cyber world. In the year 2089, this has increased tenfold. Because of the addiction people have, they've essentially become slaves to the technology. This means they will go to pretty much any means to get a "fix."
Remender and Murphy introduce us to Constable Led Dent and his sidekick Debbie Decay. Dent and Decay are the enforcers against the criminal element dealing with illegal tech. The problem is Dent is hooked to the tech that's been infused in him and it's Debbie's hope to be able to reach through.
That's the crux of the story. On the immediate surface, we see there's some really bombastic and over the top action scenes beautifully drawn my Murphy with gorgeous colors by Matt Hollingsworth. But as Remender mentioned in an interview with us, this is a love story too. That doesn't mean the story here is lacking. It just means there is a lot more to come. There are some preview pages at the end for the second issue and from the early look I got, it's safe to say we haven't seen anything yet. This is just the beginning and the set up to a much bigger story.
There are many layers present in TOKYO GHOST #1. I found myself re-reading the issue a couple times and each time I looked at it a little differently. You could say that Rick Remender and Sean Murphy have something for everyone here. There's some big and crazy action scenes. Murphy cuts loose and it doesn't look like he's really holding back. Matt Hollingsworth's colors gives it a stellar look. It's not all mindless action as the message of how our obsession with technology is present without being shown in too preachy of a fashion. There are some moments where the action gets a little overwhelming and the 'villain' comes across as a little cliché. It's a strange 'complaint' but it almost leads you to believe that's going to be the main focus. As you progress through the issue, you'll see there is definitely more to it and the preview for the second issue shows there's a lot more to this series than we might have believed. Reading this book is simply a treat. Remender and Murphy are on the cusp of creating more greatness for us to enjoy.