Milwaukie: Dark Horse Comics, 1995. Masamune Shirow. First Paperback Edition, Second Printing. Paperback. Rare. Used - Good+. Card stock wrap bears moderate, general shelf wear. Preliminary pages creased at one corner. Binding is tight and square. Text block with color and B&W illustrations is clean and bright. 16.5 x 26 x 2 cm. 348 pp plus notes. Item #8440
Genre: Cyberpunk manga.
Ghost in the Shell, known in Japan as Mobile Armored Riot Police (Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 Hepburn: Kōkaku Kidōtai), is a seinen manga series written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, which spawned the media franchise of the same name. The manga, first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle of The Ghost in the Shell, and later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan. Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface was the sequel work which follows the story of Motoko after merging with the Puppeteer. The last volume, Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor, contains four separate cases.
The books contain Shirow's thoughts on design and philosophy, including sociological issues, the consequences of technological advances and themes on the nature of consciousness and identity. Several artbooks have been released to detail the concept art and the world of Ghost in the Shell. All three volumes have received mainly positive reviews.