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As detective Musubi Susono investigates a series of child kidnappings, her own partner is viciously murdered. But when the investigation takes a brutal turn, she is suddenly confronted by the killer - and his vicious Silicon Creature! Can Susono possibly fight back against these superhuman odds?
Long ago, creatures known as White Guanas manifested and attacked both the population and massive structures that tower above the cities. These terrifying monsters are held at bay only by those who possess the powers of the Black Guana, able to transform their bone structure into armor and weapons at will. Kudou Denji is one such person; he has been hiding under another identity for some time, and is now forced to once more protect the populace against new White Guana manifestations. However, it won’t be easy, as Kudou’s old organization Kegen Hall and others are also aware of his re-emergence...
Both Abara and NOiSE take place in dystopian future worlds. They have very similar art styles, full of highly detailed, massive superstructures that set a dark and creepy mood by artist Tsutomu Nihei. Both deal with strange, almost paranormal occurrences, and heroes both gain special powers to deal with these problems. They are also relatively short in length. If you liked one, you will almost certainly like the other.
In the future, the N5S infection is slowly spreading throughout the world, turning everyone it contacts into a zombie-like "Drone". Zouichi Kanoe and his motorcycle AI companion Fuyu Kanoe are sent out by Toha Heavy Industries in order to find humans resistant to infection and save humanity. Competing bio-enhanced agents from the Data Recovery Foundation have different goals, however: how to best extort the situation for their own profit…
Biomega and NOiSE are both set in dystopian future worlds with powerful and corrupt organizations running things behind the scenes. They have very similar, highly detailed art styles that focus on dramatic architecture (both are by the artist and author Tsutomu Nihei). Each one features a lone hero fighting for justice against difficult odds.
In an unknown time on Earth, the population is infected with a lethal disease; only flies are resistant from its wrath. A countermeasure is in place to quarantine its growth: those with any signs of infection are transported north and their fates are unknown. One day a young man helps an infected woman, putting them both on the run from the authorities...
NOiSE and Dead Heads share an appearent similarity in art style, as both are written and drawn by Tsutomu Nihei. Rather than rely on dialogue to convey the plot, the stories are filled with silent visuals depicting events or characters' thoughts.
While NOiSE is slightly longer (Dead Heads being a one-shot) they are both relatively short in length which allows for a lot of personal interpretation in the story. As for characters, both have a strong lead that swims against the current driven by the futuristic government and get into a difficult situation. NOiSE does occur much further into the future, however.