The Surrogates by Robert VendittiThe Surrogates by Robert Venditti

The Surrogates

byRobert VendittiIllustratorBrett Weldele

Paperback | September 12, 2006

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The year is 2054, and life has been reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the surrogate, a new technology that lets users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. It's a perfect world, and it's up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford of the Metro Police Department to keep it that way. But to do so they'll need to stop a techno-terrorist bent on returning society to a time when people lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them. Welcome to The Surrogates, a daring, five-issue, full-color miniseries from Top Shelf Productions. 

First released ten years ago, when social media was in its infancy, The Surrogates anticipated numerous trends that have emerged with the ever-increasing confluence of technology and social connection. Nowhere is this more evident than in its exploration of identity, remote interaction, and the masks we hide behind. Now is the time to discover—or rediscover—this ground-breaking modern classic; it's never been more relevent.
Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel The Surrogates, which was adapted into a feature film. He has written the monthly comic book series X-O Manowar and Wrath of the Eternal Warrior for Valiant Entertainment, and Green Lantern and The Flash for DC. He currently...
Title:The SurrogatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 10.25 × 6.75 × 0.5 inPublished:September 12, 2006Publisher:IDW PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1891830872

ISBN - 13:9781891830877

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A telling cautionary tale, or just great sci-fi? Without a doubt, it's both. The concept behind this book is absolutely fantastic. While clearly taking place in the future, this story shows a world that seems completely possible in today's modern world. In 2054, humans use surrogates (essentially robots that are near perfect replicas of humans) to experience every aspect of their lives. Instead of leaving the house, you simply plug yourself in and experience everything through the surrogate as it stimulates your brain to make you feel what it is experiencing. Without getting too detailed on plot specifics, suffice it to say that the plot is well-written and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. It's an exceptional combination of mystery, crime/noir, and social commentary. The art is rough compared to some of the more "polished" looking graphic novels, but that is not a criticism as it perfectly captures the feel of the world created in the story. If more polished, it would deny much of the weight the story carries. If you've ever wondered about the potential of technology to both help and hinder us, this is a must-read. None the less, if you're looking for some intriguing and well-done science fiction, you should definitely check this out. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sci-fi for the 21st century This is a book that manages to excite, terrify and give us hope. It's essentially Blade Runner mashed up with The Matrix all in beautiful comic book form. It updates a lot of ideas we have about ourselves, our world and how we relate to both. Like all good sci-fi it isn't just about the gadgets or the noir cop story, but about the people at the core of it all. Wonderful stuff, and a great exploration of how the internet generation interacts.
Date published: 2007-05-10