(W) Atsushi Kaneko, Osamu Tezuka
From the cinematic mind of Atsushi Kaneko (Bambi and
Her Pink Gun) comes a contemporary reimagining of the
timeless, Eisner Award-winning Dororo, by "God of Manga"
Osamu Tezuka (Buddha, Astro Boy).
This is a tale of rage. Rage against hypocrisy, injustice, exploitation, and
the wrongs done to a child who grew into a righteous killer.... Complete in
three volumes, Search and Destroy transplants the vengeful action of Dororo
from feudal Japan into a dystopian future where mercenary robots known
as "creatures" serve the human elite and victimize the city's scrabbling,
desperate masses. The violent death of one of these creatures connects an
orphaned thief named Doro with a mysterious girl in a stinking animal hide
that conceals deadly cybernetic implants. Who is this mysterious girl? How
is she killing, one by one, the city's most twisted and powerful creatures?
Originally serialized from 2019-2021 in the Japanese manga monthly
TezuComi, Search and Destroy is a brilliantly-crafted thriller about an outsider
looking for meaning and vengeance in the unjust world that took everything
away from her. Kaneko populates a stunning, high-contrast setting that echoes
postwar Cuba as much as Tokyo with an unforgettable cast of scrappy heroes and
skin-crawling monsters on a nonstop ride full of action and suspense. This authorized
retelling updates the rebellious '60s spirit of the original Dororo for the equally
tumultuous 2020s, mixing Tezuka's signature dark yet playful storytelling sense
with Kaneko's own wide range of influences, which include Western cartoonists
like Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns as well as filmmakers like David Lynch. The
result is not only one of the best sci-fi manga of recent years, but also one of the most
visually rich and distinctive works of graphic storytelling in any genre or language.
Atsushi Kaneko is a Japanese manga artist from Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture. His
two books, Bambi and Her Pink Gun and Soil, have both been published in France.
Bambi has also been published in English and Soil has been adapted into a television
drama series. Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) was a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist,
and animator. His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovations in genre
storytelling earned him such titles as "the Father of Manga," "the Godfather of Manga,"
and "the God of Manga."
In Shops: Jun 05, 2024
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