Rating: 4.5/5 – The Cure for the Common Comic is a Virtual World.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall
Arcadia is a spectacular sci-fi thriller by 2 new creators; writer Alex Paknadel and artist Eric Scott Pfeiffer. I read a lot of variations on the same stories and themes, sometimes it feels like there’s nothing new under the sun. But it really comes down into getting that certain special spin on a theme that makes it feel unique, and that’s what I got in Arcadia.
From the intro to this issue (it bears repeating):
In the early 21st century, seven billion people died during a global papilomavirus outbreak. As the disease tore through communities, the world’s governments to radical action to ensure humanity’s survival: the brains of the dying were scanned, modeled, and uploaded to a vast computer simulation housed in huge data centers around the globe.
The called this simulation Arcadia.
This grabbed me right away. A little bit of The Matrix, but not really. On the very surface we get a Matrix similarity, but these people KNOW they’re in a simulation and the rules of reality in Arcadia are mutable. It was fascinating to see how Paknadel and Pfeiffer played with this over the course of the story. And then there was the parallel story going on in “The Meat” (what they call the world with the surviving humans). Where will the story go? I have no idea! That is so refreshing in a world of comics where I can predict roughly how many comics are going to end once I see the initial story setup. Part of the curse of reading so many comics, I suppose. The cure is to seek out unique creative visions and I seem to have hit pay dirt here. Seeing the two worlds interact was what I enjoyed most in this issue and I look forward to being surprised as the story plays out.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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