Painting a bleak vision of the future where evolution is the transforming of organic beings into completely mechanical ones and society is run by the authorities tasked with the process, this first issue is without a doubt a must-buy for fans of hard science fiction.
It’s a story that is not easily penetrated; it will take a while for the reader to come to grips with the world that the story depicts. Writer Lara Fuentes does not spell out the backstory for the reader, it is given in pieces and slowly unfolds over the fifty plus pages of story in this issue. It is a story worth getting into and by the end I found myself invested in the plight of the stories main characters Alix and Baltimo as they fight the conversion process to machine and try to discover their hidden destiny.
There are layers of intrigue and the story sometimes gets convoluted as the various machines look somewhat similar and it takes a few panels to figure out what exactly is happening. That is perhaps the only downside to the story and by the end you have a firm grasp on the world, the political mechanics and what is so special about the two main characters.
The art is astounding and is unlike anything else in comics today; the combination of artwork, sculptures, photos and digital manipulation is something to see. Thankfully there is an extra fifty pages after the story portion of the issue detailing the process of creating the graphics and once you explore that you will want to go re-read the story again to see what you missed the first time.
Patricio Clarey provides the visuals and has created something that is unlike any other comic in your collection, as you can see in the above example. Taking everyday objects and manipulating them to create various mechanical beings was a stroke of genius and is something that any self respecting comic fan should see.
It is hard to see any reason why you should not pick up and give this first issue a try, the creators have done everything they can to get they story to as wide an audience as possible. The issue is available on just about every digital format you can imagine; generic digital comic formats, Drive-Thru Comics, iBooks, Nook, Kindle and more. Did I mention that the 100+ page costs 99 cents? Under a buck per issue with this kind of content is simply stupefying. If that was not enough they have made the first chapter available from the various stores as well as from their web site.
Please, check this comic out even if the hard science fiction concept is not your thing. These kinds of creative endeavors must be encouraged and once you have given it a chance I think that you will find that it is worth much more than the asking price.
9 out of 10
9 Word Summary: A comic unlike any other and worth your time!
Archeologists of Shadows #1
Septagon Studios – 99 Cents
The Official Web Site