Black Magic
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Black Magic

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Synonyms: Shirou Masamune Kojinshuu "Black Magic", Shirou Masamune Shoki Sakuhinshuu: Black Magic
Japanese: ブラックマジック
English: Black Magic
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 6
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 25, 1983
Genres: Action Action, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Serialization: None
Authors: Shirow, Masamune (Story & Art)


Score: 5.991 (scored by 595595 users)
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Ranked: #187522
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Popularity: #10577
Members: 1,661
Favorites: 4


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Today, the planet Venus is a literal hell of furnace-like temperatures and dense, poisonous atmosphere. But millions of years in its past, Venus teems with life and with a civilization far advanced to our own. The Nemesis supercomputer controls government functions, with bioroid "executors" created to carry out the system's utopian edicts. But trouble brews even in paradise, as different executors vie for control of Nemesis, forcing the governing system to secretly create Duna Typhon, a super-bioroid "sleeper," raised among the human populace, ready to use her awesome powers should Nemesis be co-opted to turn paradise into paradise lost.

(Source: Dark Horse)


Black Magic was published in English by Dark Horse on April 23, 2008.




Apr 1, 2024
The art is absolutely wonderful and overall, I enjoyed the book. Spoiler section clearly outlined.

I read other reviews that this was hard to follow, and while correct it isn't to the level that it is impossible to follow. The paneling itself is remarkably easy to digest, there is no difficulty in being able to follow the flow of events and nothing feels "jumpy" between action sequences.

The majority of the hard areas to follow is in how the story unfolds as well as the introduction of new characters. The story feels like 50% of a full story, where you are reading maybe every other chapter ...
Apr 12, 2014
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/6 eps)
This is Masamune Shirow's first work, and as you might expect, it's far from his best. It's a series of semi-connected short stories that are supposed to take place within the same universe, with a set of shared characters that pop up from time to time. The setting is a weird mix of semi-hard and really soft science fiction, with some very badly defined magic/ESP thrown in to confuse things.

The overall plot is basically incomprehensible. There is a prelude and and epilogue that try to bookend the series, but they have no obvious connection to the rest of the story. And the epilogue really ...
Sep 21, 2008
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/6 eps)
I'd heard that the story was damn near incomprehensible, and whoever wrote that was right. It jumps all over the place, and it’s pretty hard to follow. It's not that the writing is difficult to understand, the story just literally doesn't make sense. If you consider it to be more of a collection of random short stories set in the same universe, it seems to make it more understandable. Since it was his first work, though, I'll cut him some slack.

The art isn't Shirow's best, and the detailed backgrounds you come to expect from him are nowhere to be found. There was even one ...

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