About The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network
This historic collaboration with legendary creator Shirow Masamune based on the classic manga features four all-new stories in a beautiful full-color 160-page hardcover, by some of the world’s most innovative comics writers and artists, plus a cover by the acclaimed Dustin Nguyen (Descender) and pinup illustration by Becky Cloonan.
A covert mission in Shanghai reunites Kusanagi with a wartime rival amid shifting loyalties. The infiltration of an anti-cyberization cult calls for Section 9’s most “human” members to do things the old-fashioned way. A deep dive into the mind of a criminal forces Kusanagi to question the nature of imagination – and her own identity. The stories in Global Neural Network bring a 21st-century perspective to its questions of human identity and the border between mind and machine that made The Ghost in the Shell one of the most revered manga of all time, and unleash top Western comics artists on eye-popping action scenes starring Kusanagi, Batou, Togusa, Aramaki, and all the members of Section 9!
Original stories by: • Alex de Campi (Twisted Romance) & Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet) • Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy, Motor Crush) & LRNZ (Golem) • Genevieve Valentine (Mechanique, Icon), & Brent Schoonover (The Astonishing Ant-Man) • Max Gladstone (the Craft Sequence) & David López (All-New Wolverine)
“This book is a treasure… the most interesting that the franchise has been in what feels like a decade.” –Paste
“Hits all the familiar beats —hard-boiled dialogue, big action set-pieces, and fully grounded, gritty science fiction elements — but does so with style and real ingenuity… Oh my yes.” –NPR “Every story in the anthology really grabbed onto one or more aspects of the original and ran with it. Issues of access to information, healthcare, safety; the meaning of identity in a world were you can be – and are – multiple people; the meaning of borders, of ageing, of family all were highlighted in extremely smart ways… Damned good.” –Erica Friedman, Okazu “Very satisfying! You don’t need to know anything about Ghost in the Shell to enjoy this!” –Comics Beat