Biomega vol. 1-6 story and art by Tsutomu Nihei
When the N5S virus, which effectively turns humans into zombies, begins to spread synthetic human Zoichi must enter an infected area. Alongside his artificial intelligence companion Fuyu, Zoichi must embark on a journey. A science fiction epic begins!
Serialized in the seinen (young men) Ultra Jump comic anthology in Japan, Biomega is filled with gorgeously elaborate artwork from beginning to end. It Is clear Nihei spent much time and effort into creating this series. The imagery is incredible as well; this series is truly a visual spectacle. However, the series suffers in several other regards.
First the character designs often appear very similar for the human characters. This was one of several aspects which made Biomega difficult to follow. With an incredibly elaborate world filled with abstract imagery and a plot which moves so quickly there were points in Biomega that even the characters themselves expressed confusion for what was going on. I found that as the series progressed I was receiving more questions than answers. There were large expanses of time where I had zero idea what was even occurring.
In conclusion Biomega is nice to look at but suffers from being far too complicated. Admittedly, the world itself is fascinating and I sincerely hope a book is released explaining the Biomega universe. Recommended for those who enjoy science fiction but for those whose interests lie elsewhere you may want to skip this one.
Biomega is available in print and digitally from Viz Media.