Review by: Sophie Stevens
Publisher: VIZ Media
Author: Tsutomu Nihei
Genre: Graphic Novel (VIZ Signature)
MSRP: $12.99 US
Rating: M (Mature)
Release Date: Available Now
The zombie apocalypse is the least of their problems.
I said it once I’ll say it again … if it involves zombies and the end of the world I am so there. Volume 1 of Biomega had it all for me and that includes a talking grizzly who knows how to use a sniper rifle but it lacked a little something that would have put this manga series right up there with the best zombie-themed comics. With Volume 2, however, Biomega switches gears and things get a little more interesting.
Hot in pursuit of a girl who is considered an accommodator of the N5S virus that has turned most of the human population into zombie drones or worst, the synthetic human known as Zoichi Kanoe is determined to rescue Eon Green from the Data Recovery Foundation (DRF) who ordered that everyone be “baptized” in the N5S virus. What plans do they have for the girl who is somehow immune to the virus has yet to be revealed but as Zoichi races to catch up to her another problem arises. It seems that the DRF has set its sights on Toa Heavy Industries that is connected with Zoichi.
As the DRF forces storm Toa Heavy Industries, though, they target a Doctor Kurokawa and his daughter who not only have a link to Zoichi’s past but has been involved with the synthetic human program that helped create him and others like him. Despite the advice against going to Toa Heavy Industries by Zoichi’s digitized intelligence named Fuyu, the synthetic human does so anyway and fights his way to the main lab where he finds a tragic sight and goes up against a tough DRF agent. After say goodbye to a good friend, Zoichi makes his escape just in time to see the fall of Toa Heavy Industries.
Meanwhile, making his way through a drone-infested city, the talking grizzly bear known as Kozlov runs into a problem when he catches the attention of a DRF agent aboard a subway train. What results is an exciting moment as the grizzly tries to escape the agent only to be rescued by a feminine figure that wears the same outfit and riding a similar-looking motorcycle as Zoichi. She is Nishu Mizunoe who has a digitized intelligence named Shin who actually gets emotional.
With word that the enemy has taken Eon Green to the Continental Geostationary Satellite, Zoichi redirects his attention towards rescuing her but this time relays his intentions to Nishu. On his way, though, he runs into a different kind of DRF agent that sends Zoichi flying off his bike. As it turns out, the DRF has powerful agents working under the direct order of a hideous freak that is interested in Eon Green’s background that is actually quite intriguing. Ah, the mystery behind Eon Green is slowly unraveling and she’s getting more interesting with each volume.
Speaking of getting interesting, the enemy is starting to show its face in the form of three powerful new agents that enter the DRF headquarters and with a new ally joining the fight things are about to get even more action-packed. We get a glimpse of what Zoichi and Nishu will have to go up against as Zoichi rescues what he thinks is a helpless girl only to find out that there is more to this girl than meets the eye. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but this girl is sure to show up again in this story so here’s hoping we find more about her in the next volumes.
We also find out a lot more about Zoichi in this volume, particularly his past living among the people of Toa Heavy Industries including the model that was used as the synthetic human program’s “mother.” Even more interesting is the program itself.
As the story begins to evolve and gather momentum, Volume 2 of Biomega is starting to become a lot more exciting than the series’ first volume. As new allies and new enemies show up, the fight to save humanity and a mysterious girl immune to the virus heats up in a good way. Consider is hooked and looking forward to Volume 3.
MANGA REVIEW BREAKDOWN
The situation has become critical thanks to the DRF taking direct control after they captured and secured Eon Green and they are now targeting Toa Heavy Industries … particularly a Doctor and his daughter. Zoichi makes it his priority to save those who are responsible for his life. Meanwhile, Kozlov is saved by a mystery woman who is just like Zoichi.
Tsutomu Nihei’s art continues to be visually pleasing to the eye and wonderfully original in a way that is pleasing even to Western comic fans. The action is still at its gory best with zombie and bad guy limbs flying and blood splattering everywhere. This one is certainly not for the squeamish.
As new characters are introduced and the enemy clearly has the advantage, Volume 2 of Biomega becomes more appealing and definitely a lot more exciting. With Zoichi attempting to rescue two important people from Toa Heavy Industries as well as get Eon Green back, the situation has become more dangerous and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Review copy provided by VIZ Media