Let’s face it – if technology didn’t exist at the level we now experience it, many devices we’re used to would seem like magic to us. For example, if someone in the Middle Ages pulled out an iPhone, anyone seeing it would not have any idea how it works.
Well, in Raphael Moran’s latest comic Techno-Mancer, that’s something of the book’s basic premise. The set-up is a little different, though. The first issue should hit comics shops this Wednesday!
In the comic, the world has gone through a period in which technology nearly destroyed the planet. Some people were chosen to re-boot society in one specific location, and no technology at all is allowed there.
As the book opens, Merrick the Magician and his troupe have come to town, complete with his act, designed to dazzle the locals. When local “lawgivers” think he’s using magic, they go after him, intending to arrest and prosecute him. While escaping Merrick encounters a girl who mysteriously appears in the sky. She employs forces Merrick doesn’t understand to help him escape. The questions now arise: Is she a real witch? Is she using real magic? Where did she come from? The series will do its best to help us find out just what’s happening here.
I’ve long been a fan of Moran’s stories. He always finds a new twist or turn, or even a story I’m sure I’ve never read before at all! That’s quite a challenge in today’s market! Add to that the fact that I’ve read comics for decades, and you can see why his creativity impresses me!
His most recent offering before this was Flee, which told a tale from two very different perspectives, one of an alien attack force come to conquer Earth, and the other from a guy in the burbs who works as a bug exterminator. I didn’t know what to expect, but I sure got a great, fun story! He’s also made Dream Reavers, a very diverse and unique comic series that I still recommend to people who want to read something different.
Marc Borstel delivers sparkling art that matches the story. It has a painted feel, but that doesn’t prevent it from keeping up with Moran’s fast-paced plotting and sharp characterization. The combination works well, and you get lost in the book very easily. I was very surprised when I got to the last page! Now, I can’t wait for issue #2.
Check out the cover from issue one below: