Ghost in the Shell is one of manga’s most revered and beloved series. Later this month, similar to its previous Attack on Titan anthology, Kodansha is releasing a new collection of stories by Western creators in the Ghost in the Shell universe—and now we can offer a look inside.
The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network is a new hardcover collection featuring stories from comics creatives like Alex de Campi (Twisted Romance), Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet), Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), Brent Schoonover, and more. To boot, the whole endeavour was supervised by Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune—who considers it the first official addition to the franchise’s comic book universe since 2003's interquel manga Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor.
While the main cover of Global Neural Network will be provided by Descender artist Dustin Nguyen, we can reveal the previews-exclusive variant cover for the collection, by Stephanie Hans:
The Ghost in the Shell ©Shirow Masamune/Kodansha, Ltd.; The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network ©Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC.(Image: Stephanie Hans/Kodansha)
You can find more of Hans’ artwork on her Tumblr. But that’s not all! We’re also very excited to reveal a preview of one of the four stories in Global Neural Network, “Star Gardens,” by Brenden Fletcher, LRNZ, and Jodi Wynne; check it out in the gallery below.
Story by Brenden Fletcher, art by LRNZ, and lettering by Jodi Wynne. The Ghost in the Shell ©Shirow Masamune/Kodansha, Ltd.; The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network ©Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC.
The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network is out 16 October.