Imagine a world without internet. A world where the most desirable and most protected is your identity. You never leave home without a mask, never use your real name. No one can be trusted and everyone is essentially tagged. Welcome to the new world where the word “internet” brings chills to an entire city.
The latest title from writer and co-creator of this decades greatest hits in comic books, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, and Saga. With award-winning artist Marcos Martin from titles such as Daredevil, The Amazing Spiderman, Doctor Strange, and The Oath. And illustrator Munsta Vicente whose work has been featured in Elle Magazine, with clients such as Harper Collins and Leo Burnett. They’re unifying vision brings us this interesting take on the noir genre in a post-information age future where the worst fallout imaginable has occurred.
**MINOR SPOILERS BEGIN**
The story takes place in a distant future where the information age has collapsed upon itself. The “information cloud” that is so abundant now came crashing down releasing everyone’s well hidden and darkest secrets. To quote one character: Lives were ruined, jobs lost, families destroyed.
The aftermath of this mysterious event caused worldwide panic over identity and information leading to the world that exists inside this book.
Journalism is tracked like a crime, and the paparazzi are considered the worst kind of criminals. Our protagonist for this story, who’s real name is unknown, is one of these paparazzi but with a interesting twist. He’s portrayed more like a private investigator which is a clever take on the paparazzi scheme. From here it follows the typical noir trope, beautiful dame walks in offering a job, man takes job, job turns into something bigger then we are all prepared to handle.
The art style is something else, I haven’t actually encountered Marcos Martin before, but I’m already a fan. Action scenes are so fluid it’s like watching animation. I need to see more of his work and look forward to subsequent issues. The way he portrays emotions could improve abit, at times the characters seem to be displayed forever in a grim expression which at times, certain sections of story, can be a bit off putting. None the less, the art overall is fantastic! My only wish is that this would be a real book for my monitor is incapable of HD so I feel I lose some of that ‘feel’ that comes with Marcos Martins drawings and Munsta Vicente illustrations.
Now this book itself is a ‘pay-what-you-will’ type. I implore you all to pay the average price of a comic book, or if you can, pay more. Give them your savings! This book is worth it folks.