Sp4rx by Wren McdonaldSp4rx by Wren Mcdonald


IllustratorWren Mcdonald

Paperback | December 23, 2016

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SP4RX is the story of mankind clawing for survival. Set in a future where a class system has emerged, the world is divided into four levels, with the elite ruling from the extravagant top level.SP4RX, a young hacker who lives off grid, hacks into corporations and sells stolen data to wealthy buyers on the black market - just your average thief. Mega corporation Structus Industries introduces a welfare program called the 'Elpis Program', which allows the working class to apply for Cybernetic implants to make workers more efficient. On the surface, it seems like a program to empower the poor and allow them to rise to the ranks of the elite. But SP4RX soon discovers all is not as itseems... SP4RX and Structus are set on a collision course with the fate of humanity at stake in Wren McDonald's latest sci-fi tale of survival and corruption!
Wren McDonald is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of dystopian revenge story Cyber Realm (Nobrow) and several other self published mini-comics. SP4RX is his first full-length graphic novel. He has done work for The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, The Hollywood Reporter, Vice and others. His work ...
Title:Sp4rxFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.56 inPublished:December 23, 2016Publisher:Nobrow Press Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1910620122

ISBN - 13:9781910620120

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ONE OF KIRKUS REVIEWS' BEST TEEN BOOKS OF 2016ONE OF DEN OF GEEKS BEST COMICS OF 2016Teeming with rogue robots, political and corporate corruption, and raw, unflinchingly violent action, this is a must-read for fans seeking a smart sci-fi graphic offering that's a bit off the beaten path.A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives.-Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEWFans of sci-fi or dystopian comics will enjoy this fast-paced volume [... ]-BooklistWhile on first glance merely another cyberpunk pastiche, the book announces its arrival with a surprising degree of wit and style. Sometimes all that's necessary to make the old songs shine is to sing them in a new way. Sp4rx somehow manages to be both a fairly standard-downright predictable-cyberpunk thriller, and a showcase for McDonald's stylistically engaging and endlessly inventive cartooning.-AV ClubWren McDonald has not only found a way to produce a truly original contribution to the dystopian genre, but also to create a story that syncretizes numerous predecessors and influences while simultaneously critiquing them.-ICV2SP4RX reads as the love-child between William Gibson'sSprawl trilogy and Ridley Scott'sBlade Runner-Teen LibrarianDynamic, stylish and laced with comedy.-It's Nice ThatThis book is a serious joy to read [... ] McDonald not only has a clear artistic vision of the worlds he wishes to create, but a strong handle on what topics he wants to explore. Thankfully, we get to come along and take part in an art-thought experiment like SP4RX.-Bleeding Cool'SP4RX' shows that the cyberpunk genre is just as relevant now as it was 30 years ago. It rehashes a lot of the conventions of the stories that came before it, but through Wren McDonald's design, eye, and voice, it still manages to find a way to say something-Multiversity ComicsSP4RX is a tight little cyberpunk thriller that maximizes story economy and minimizes everything else while still retaining its satirical edge. [... ] The grimy quality of this future city reminds me a bit of Moebius [... ]-Rob CloughThis is a book that has action, humour, politics and gritty science fiction a plenty. It is packed full of some excellent art and has a real edge to its storytelling. Wren McDonald is definitely someone I will be looking out for in the future.-Down The TubesSP4RX is a really unique and original take on the traditional subject of a dystopian future.-Pipedream ComicsMcDonald's artwork is the big draw for me here; it has a dynamic quality with huge amounts of detail packed into it, where you want to examine every panel further just to see what you missed.-Smash PagesMcDonald's art is awesome. My first instinct set a very high bar - it's like if Adventure Time, Neuromancer, and Akira got thrown in a blender. It's meticulously detailed and incredibly easy to get lost in, and I definitely did.-Den Of Geek,The Best Comics of 2016SP4RX is an outstanding cyberpunk sci-fi graphic novel packed to the gills with action, explosions, social commentary, rogue robots, violence, and smart writing. [... ] a graphic novel that shares DNA with the work of authors such as William Gibson and Philip K. Dick and classics like Akira and the film Blade Runner while simultaneously feeling fresh and unique. [... ] This is a must-read for fans of dystopian science fiction and all-around great graphic novels alike.-VerbicideThis larger format has given Wren plenty of space to explore and experiment with his style - both in terms of aesthetic and storytelling - and has ultimately resulted in an even more epic page-turner!-Headless GregLike any good science fiction story, the setting and plot are really a commentary on our current culture. The story reflects our concerns today.-Kleefeld on ComicsSP4RX has all the bells and whistles in all the right places. This 116-page graphic novel is a full-bodied cyberpunk adventure that would make William Gibson and Philip K. Dick proud. [... ] McDonald's light-hearted cartoony style belies the story's serious cyberpunk undertones in an uncanny and engrossing way. The way McDonald plays with scale and pacing is masterful. [... ] Wren McDonald has created a perfect mashup here of humor and sci-fi.-Comics GrinderSP4RX, is a wonderful book full of amazing artwork as well as clever commentary on class-stratification and what the future could hold for our society if we don't start getting our act together.-The Newest RantPRAISE FOR WREN'S PREVIOUS WORKCyber Realm is a very good, fun read that pithily examines gaming tropes, and slots smartly into the ongoing discussion about the medium's audiences and the treatment of disparate demographics.-The AV ClubMcDonald's humorous, energetic style fully immerses the reader in the action. [... ] reminiscent of '80s sci-fi classics like The Terminator or Alien [... ]-Paste MagazineWren's work is character-driven but he considers the entire scene, and designs compositions in limited colors that enhance each narrative.-Cartoon BrewI enjoyed the fact that it told me what had happened to the world without actually telling me. Strong visual storytellers can do that and that's the case with Cyber Realm. [... ] It was the culmination of several worlds of influence coming together and working really well together.-Comic BastardsPerhaps Cyber Realm is, in its way, the prophecy of the Ubermensch, but more likely, it's just a damn fine comic book that's fun to read and leaves you wanting to read more.-Comics Bulletin