I received this graphic novel as an ARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.com
Celebrated author Zep (A Story of Men, A Strange and Beautiful Sound) weaves a mystery borne from humanity’s addiction to convenience and technology, and the dangers such addiction can propose. This gorgeously illustrated, poignant sci-fi tale aims a spotlight on current social trends such as over-consumption, climate change, identity theft, and transhumanism. Painted in detailed watercolors by Dominique Bertail, this book evokes the classic science fiction styles of Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Enki Bilal, and Jean-Claude Mézières.
Since the creators opted to list the social trends covered, I will make a quick one-liner note about their relation to this story:
- Over-consumption: a letting caused pollution leading up to a teleportation device that is problematic in it’s deceitful nature. All in attempt to fix a problem that just ends in more problems.
- Climate change: atmospheric disinfection program that causes it to rain non-stop.
- Identity theft: What happens after attempting to contain a man after you erase his identity? Trouble.
- Transhumanism: digital clones, teleportation, privacy concerns potentially all leading to mental and physical problems.
The choice of art style here is interesting, as the extended description on Amazon says, “[…]in a classic style reminiscent of legendary French graphic novelists such as Bilal, Moebius, and Mezieres.” The art style isn’t futuristic, but rather archaic: