Stand Alone Complex takes place in the year 2030, in the fictional Japanese city of New Port. The story follows the members of Public Security Section 9, a special-operations task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. The manga presents individual cases that Section 9 investigates, along with an ongoing, more serious investigation into the serial killer and hacker known only as "The Laughing Man." When a high-ranking government official is kidnapped, the Prime Minister must call in his top crime fighting force known as Section 9. Lead by the beautiful (and deadly) Major Kusanagi, the cybernetically enhanced squad must use all their skill to take down the kidnappers and rescue the hostages. But that’s only half of the mission; can Kusanagi and company find out who’s behind the kidnapping, and, more importantly, just what they’re after? Find out in this thrilling first volume of The Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex!
THE POWER OF MISDIRECTION Section 9 receives a tip that a criminal group from Henan is planning on attacking a financial instutution. To prevent the attack, Section 9 infultrates the secret base of the criminals. The mission goes well and the threat is neutralized…or is it? Something is amiss, and Major Kusanagi and Section 9 must act quickly in order to stop the criminals from achieving their true goal.
IDENTIFYING THE ENIGMATIC HERO In this volume of Ghost in the Shell, Marcelo Jarty, the hero of a democratic revolution, and South American drug dealer, has been coming to Japan periodically and no one knows why. The Major and Section 9 track his movements after he makes his latest appearance in the country. They are determined to figure out the meaning of his visits, but following Jarti leads to more than they could have possibly expected….
Deep into the 21st century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg super-agent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers," capable of exploiting the human/machine interface by reprogramming human minds to become puppets to carry out their criminal ends.
""Includes: every animated feature released in the United States since 1926; reviews and background information for over 300 films; plot synopses, running times, 4-star ratings, consumer tips, and MPAA ratings."--Cover."--From source other than the Library of Congress
A dark cyberpunk thriller based on the hit anime series finds Section 9, an elite counter-terrorist squad led by Chief Aramaki and his cyborg assistant, Major Motoko Kusanagi, working to outmaneuver a lethal group capable of taking over their victims' minds and bodies. Original. 40,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.