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Noise    by Tsutomu Nihei order for
by Tsutomu Nihei
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TOKYOPOP, 2007 (2007)
*   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Noise is set in Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! universe and is told almost entirely in pictures. There is a little bit of dialogue and narration to get things rolling, but after that it is rather sparse. In fact, the majority of the words seemed to be unneeded translations of sound effects.

Because of this, I had a hard time following the story, so I cannot give much of a plot synopsis other than that it concerns a detective looking for missing children and her partner's killer. There are a lot of scary-looking SF creatures after her who want to do the same to her as to her partner - which I think involved some sort of chip implantation (this one really confused me).

The artwork did not help too much with understanding the story, either. Aside from Chapter 3, all of the graphics have an unfinished, rough-sketch quality to them. Chapter 3, although rather short, is a little easier to follow with its polished, clear artwork.

The unclear plot and rough graphics made it really hard for me to get into Noise, but fans of Tsutomu Nihei may be more used to this and find the manga - or artwork at least - interesting.

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