Conflict 1 (No More Noise) is the sequel to Masamune
Shirow's Tank Police mini series. The story takes up some
time after the first mini-series. In this series, Dominion's
lead protagonist, Leona, now is in command of a tank squad
under Brenten. While the bulk of the story line revolves around
the people who work in the Newport Police Department, the
main conflict is the Tank Police's attempts to find and capture
Urushi-Maru, the airborne terrorist. Underlying what seems
to be a simple antiestablishment prankster is a plot which
can be surprising if the reader doesn't see it coming.
At first, Conflict 1 starts off a bit silly. Most
of the story revolves around the day-to-day events in the
police station. Two villains from the last series (Annapuma
and Unipuma) turn up in the station as new recruits. While
their inclusion is rather under-explained, their use in the
story (especially Anna) provides enough laughs to make the
lack of reason forgivable. The story moves along at a good
pace and is told without being too intellectual.
Artistically, Conflict 1, as well-detailed and strong.
While not as consistently serious in style as Ghost
in the Shell or Appleseed,
it is structural deeper than some of his older works. The
illustrative quality of each book is still up to Shirow's
While the underlying plot may seem thin, the small bits featuring
"nameless" characters are often a nice diversion
and a good sampling of Shirow's vision of the human race.
While Urushi-Maru may pale in comparison as a villain to Baku,
there is a lot less of Leona's fawning over her tank - something
that got kind of tiresome from the first series.
Overall, Dominon - Conflict 1 is a good series that's illustrated
well. If you're expecting something intellectually strong,
you might be a little disappointed. This series is more about
people than technology. The humorous aspects of the story
are dished out well and the flow leads to a good read. You'll
enjoy this as a pleasure read.