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The Surrogates, Volume 1
     

The Surrogates, Volume 1

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by Robert Venditti, Brett Weldele
 

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"The Best Indie Book of the year. Sci-fi tales are making a comeback and The Surrogates is quietly leading the charge." -- IGN

"An absolutely fascinating piece of work -- heartfelt and thoughtful."
-- Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Good science fiction is hard to come by, but Venditti's blend of technology, crime drama and social commentary makes for the

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"The Best Indie Book of the year. Sci-fi tales are making a comeback and The Surrogates is quietly leading the charge." -- IGN

"An absolutely fascinating piece of work -- heartfelt and thoughtful."
-- Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Good science fiction is hard to come by, but Venditti's blend of technology, crime drama and social commentary makes for the most original sci-fi mythology in years." -- Wizard Magazine

"Robert Venditti delivers an impressive comics debut." -- SFX

"A resplendently grimy commentary." -- Entertainment Weekly

The year is 2054, and life is reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the personal surrogate, android substitutes that let users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. It's a perfect world, and it's up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford of the Metro Police Department to keep it that way. But to do so they'll need to stop a techno-terrorist bent on returning society to a time when people lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them.

The Surrogates is a story about progress and whether there exists a tipping point at which technological advancement will stop enhancing and start hindering our lives. It is also a commentary on identity, the Western obsession with physical appearance, and the growing trend to use science as a means of providing consumers with beauty on demand.

This volume collects all five issues of the acclaimed comic book series. Packed with bonus content, inside you will find never-before-seen sketches and artwork, as well as commentary from the creative team that brought this breakout story to the page.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The year is 2054, and the Central Georgia Metropolis is held in a grip of fear by a series of crimes committed by the mysterious lightning-wielding techno-terrorist dubbed Steeplejack. His attacks stem from an agenda that seeks to disconnect humanity from its dependence on "surrogates," androids that the consumer can link with and allow to carry out the user's life, acting as a full-time stand-in. For investigating detective Harvey Greer, Steeplejack's anti-surrogate rampage unearths possible connections to a fanatical prophet. Years earlier, this prophet incited riots while preaching a gospel of returning society to a time when people actually lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them, a point of view that Greer is slowly coming to agree with. Basically a straight police procedural laced with science-fiction trappings, Venditti's script offers a convincing future in which mankind doesn't realize that the virtual reality of the surrogates is potentially worse than any narcotic. This quietly bleak scenario is capably illustrated by Weldele in a straightforward style reminiscent of film storyboards. As a change of pace from typical superheroic fare, this volume comes heartily recommended. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603092173
Publisher:
Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
The Surrogates
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
86 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of "The Homeland Directive" and the sci-fi graphic novel series "The Surrogates", the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. He currently writes the ongoing monthly comic book series "X-O Manowar" and "Green Lantern". His debut children's novel, "Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde", is due from Simon & Schuster in May 2015.

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The Surrogates, Volume 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Janus More than 1 year ago
I bought Surrogates on a whim. I'll admit that it was the sticker saying "Soon to be a Major Motion Picture" and the cool cover that drew me in. However, it was the phenomenal style of story-telling and artwork that won me over. Fans of the Japanese show/movie "Ghost in the Shell" in particular should not miss this story. Simultaneously a prophetic vision of a future that we (humanity) are headed towards and a cautionary tale, the story of Surrogates ranks up there with anything Alan Moore wrote. Pros: Beautiful art, engrossing story and characters, very unique presentation. Cons: The story, while phenomenal, at times does feel a little familiar. Final Verdict: If you enjoy a good and intelligent story, beautiful art and an interesting dose of science-fiction and philosophy you will love this graphic novel. Even if you only love one of those things try it anyways, you'll probably still love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best mini series by top shelf.
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