The Surrogates, Volume 1

The Surrogates, Volume 1

by Robert Venditti, Brett Weldele

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ISBN-13: 9781603092173
Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Series: The Surrogates
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 752,027
File size: 86 MB
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About the Author

Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel The Surrogates, which was adapted into a feature film. He has written the monthly comic book series X-O Manowar and Wrath of the Eternal Warrior for Valiant Entertainment, and Green Lantern and The Flash for DC. He currently writes Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, as well as the children's novel series Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape.

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The Surrogates Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 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.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I read The Homeland Directive by Robert Venditti sometime last year and I¿ve got to admit I wasn¿t the biggest fan of the work. It just didn¿t capture my attention as much as I thought it would, but I kept hearing good things about The Surrogates and thought I¿d give it a try. And wow. All of the good things I heard about it were right and this book now has a place on bookshelf (which doesn¿t happen with every book that I read.)The year is 2054 and android surrogates are a way of life. Only the children are real and everyone else interacts with the world via their surrogates all without ever leaving the comfort of their home. It¿s a perfect world. It¿s a peaceful world thanks to hard working folks of the Metro Police Department. Detective Harvey Greer is at peace and enjoying life with his wife¿even though they never really ¿see¿ each other in person. And then things change. A techno-terrorist is bent on forcing society back to a time when people lived their lives for themselves instead of experiencing them through a surrogate¿s touch. And Detective Greer is thrust into the middle of a battle both in the real world and at home. And everything will change.As I mentioned above I wasn¿t a big fan of the other work, mostly because it seemed to be a bit too familiar to me. But The Surrogates was exciting and had a great build up to the tension and conflict between the two sides of society, those that advocated the surrogates and those that wanted to go back to a mortal life. Even better was the tension that built between the characters, such as Detective Greer and his wife, who started off on the same side until Greer discovered there was a great deal to life he was missing. The story reminds me a great deal of Isaac Asimov¿s books featuring Elijah Bailey and the spacer worlds, with the subtle tension between the characters, especially as they start to change. It¿s a great storyline and I¿m glad that I gave it a read.The artwork¿is different and somewhat difficult for me to describe. When I first looked at it I really didn¿t like it, it just felt uneasy on my eyes, in part because of the blurred and muted backgrounds which were just splashes of color never really following the shape or the outline of the characters. But the more I got into the story the better the artwork worked for the tale and the more that I liked it. The style is a basic black line drawing of the characters and the building, but accented by dynamic shadow and white highlights to create a gritty, futuristic feel to the book. He also at times uses computer imagery, such as detailing schematics, which for me threw off the pacing of the story a bit. I much preferred the sketchy, muted color scheme to the hard computer line drawings.As I said at the beginning this book has found a place on my bookshelf and I¿d be willing to give other books by Robert V a try after enjoying this one (heck I may even give The Homeland Directive another read.) I¿d recommend this book to fans of futuristic/sci-fi stories such as as Isaac Asimov, Blade Runner, and others.
blackjacket on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'm quite new to 'graphic novels' (they're comics aren't they?), but the librarian in me compels me to read them if only for professional interest. Yet I continue to be surprised and entertained by what I read, the standouts being so far Watchmen and Jimmy Corrigan.Given that a big budget Bruce Willis Hollywood treatment of Surrogates is due to land on Australian shores late 2009 I thought I would read the book. What attracted me was simply the idea that drives the story - what would a society like like where human beings live their lives through cybernetic surrogates?Incredibly, when I first tried to read it back in May, no library in Australia had this book on their shelves - even our main supplier said it was "out of print". So, earlier this month, I ventured forth online to the ever-reliable and within a week and a half a copy was in my letterbox.Surrogates is a visually different approach to your standard Marvel / DC fare. While lacking the narrative complexity and visual impact of Watchmen, it is no less compelling. Graphically, if you are used to the detail, crisp lines and bold colours of, say, Watchmen, then Surrogates will surprise you. Many of the panels look more like sketches with a colour wash over them, while the faces of the characters are quite simply rendered. Indeed, sometimes characters not to the fore of the panel - even main characters - host very plain, expressionless visages.But this visual style matches the storyline. The murky grey, blue, green and brown washes bring to the fore the literally 'lifeless' nature of the city - after all, there are no people around - merely their mechanical surrogates. It seems to be always overcast or raining. A perfect setting for the world weary detective Harvey Greer, a married yet lonely man who, as he gets closer to solving the crimes that occur at the beginning of the story, comes to realise what has been lost in the rush to escape the outside world and only experience life through the intermediary of data feeds.The slick "Virtual Self' mock ads throughout bring home the truth that Harvey suspects - people are dissatisfied with their real selves to the point of complete physical withdrawal, least they suffer rejection for not conforming to an image society demands, be it in the realm of employment, relationships or sexuality. Even Harvey's wife refuses to discard her virtual self for something as inconsequential as dinner with her husband.Harvey's disappointment at the state of human affairs in general - his drooping moustache, slumped shoulders and downcast expression over his middle age paunch, is a fine example of the power of graphic novels to render a mood where straightforward fiction cannot. Bravo author and illustrator! - a brilliant marriage of text and illustration.Today (14th September) I saw a preview of the film - at first glance it seems typical Bruce Willis fare - loud, fast, lots of explosions and a sizable body count. And, even from this few minutes of teaser, a major plot change is evident. But I will give the film a chance (remember Twelve Monkeys? - Willis can do cracking sci fi!), even if the look of the film seems more Die Hard than Bladerunner.Finally, like all good science fiction, Surrogates is not simply an imagined future - it has something to say about the here and now. Already we are tempted to create an identity for ourselves through technology - whether it be fast cars, online personae or simply wanting to be seen around town with the latest iphone, loaded with the coolest apps. Look at me! I am what I plug into to!
nomadreader on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Surrogates is set in 2052 in what is now called Central Georgia Metropolis (formerly Atlanta). Most people now live quiet lives in their homes and send out their surrogate to work and play, while their brains are hooked into the surrogate from home. People get to experience things without the possibility of death or injury. Other interesting twists tidbits: you choose what your surrogate looks like and some people elect a surrogate of another gender as a way to bypass sexual discrimination. It's futuristic science fiction told incredibly convincingly; it's easy to think it could be our not-so-distant future.The concept is intriguing, and I really enjoyed the story. I was not, however, a fan of the drawing style. It didn't hinder my understanding or enjoyment of the story, but it certainly didn't enhance it. At the end of each chapter, there was an interesting supplemental item such as a newspaper article or promotional material encouraging you to buy a surrogate. As someone who doesn't read a lot of graphic novels, and thus has a hard time training my eyes to not dance all over the page, I appreciated these more traditional visual elements both as background and variety.
jasonpettus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)This is a special five-issue comics miniseries from 2006 by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, apparently made into a big-budget Hollywood movie starring Bruce Willis that I have no recollection of ever even being in the theatres (strange for me and science-fiction), which takes as its premise a very Hollywood-friendly concept -- that in the future, the idea of Second Life "avatars" have been expanded into the physical world, with most Americans now using permanently young and good-looking full-sized "surrogates" to actually move around and interact in the real world, safely keeping their flesh-and-blood bodies at home in a special virtual-reality setup, which has brought crime in America down dramatically and has nearly wiped out racism, but which of course opens up a whole new can of ethical worms of its own. Like a lot of speculative projects, then, Venditti and Weldele use a traditional genre tale (a murder mystery) as the centerpiece of the actual story, using its well-known conventions as a sly way of examining this entire future universe our characters are inhabiting; and while its visual look definitely relies way too nakedly on the '80s work of Frank Miller (including a blocky, sketchy drawing style, lots of muted watercolors, grainy xeroxes as backdrops, and sound-effect words done in a dramatic handwritten style), and its metafictional narrative structure too much on Alan Moore's Watchmen, I found it actually not that bad a project at all, nothing groundbreaking but a book that will keep existing genre fans happy, which is why it's getting the so-so score that it is. Recommended as easy fodder for a boring rainy day, when expectations are low.Out of 10: 8.0
quilted_kat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Technopriests meet Law and Order. A gritty police story in a world where the newest technological must-have is an android surrogate to take your place, while you sit safely at home. You can look any way you want to, do heavy jobs you never would be able to accomplish in your own wimpy body, and live a full life without ever leaving the comfort of your sofa. But if you rape and kill a surrogate, is it still a crime? Can you be held accountable for something that your surrogate commits, when you never left home?
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Best mini series by top shelf.
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