Version

 VERS   (Dark Horse, 1992-1994)

™ and ©1992 Hisashi Sakaguchi and Ushio Shuppansha

From the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide:

Version consists of two parts. Firstly, a search for Dr. Higure, the inventor of a living biochip named EGOS. On the trail are his daughter Eiko, Hap Happo, a private detective, and Black Echo, the head of a secret organization with a hidden interest in the chip’s development. By the end they’ve realized that EGOS is a new ‘version’ of life which might supersede humanity. In part two Black Echo kidnaps the others and takes them to an undersea lab, Black Tokyo, where he is transformed into a monster by communicating with EGOS. Hisashi Sakaguchi has created a somewhat worthy strip examining artificial intelligence and the threats posed to our current ecosystem by man. Despite lots of explanations that bog the plot down, the visual story-telling is excellent, and there’s enough adventure to make you wish the planned third part had been published. ~NF

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