The Surrogates by Robert Venditti
(Surrogates (Graphic Novels))

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"The Best Indie Book of the year. Sci-fi tales are making a comeback and The Surrogates is quietly leading the charge." -- IGN

"An absolutely fascinating piece of work -- heartfelt and thoughtful."
-- Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Good science fiction is hard to come by, but Venditti’s blend of technology, crime drama and social commentary makes for the most original sci-fi mythology in years."-- Wizard Magazine

"Robert Venditti delivers an impressive comics debut."-- SFX

"A resplendently grimy commentary."-- Entertainment Weekly

The year is 2054, and life is reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the personal surrogate, android substitutes that let 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.

The Surrogates is a story about progress and whether there exists a tipping point at which technological advancement will stop enhancing and start hindering our lives. It is also a commentary on identity, the Western obsession with physical appearance, and the growing trend to use science as a means of providing consumers with beauty on demand.

This volume collects all five issues of the acclaimed comic book series. Packed with bonus content, inside you will find never-before-seen sketches and artwork, as well as commentary from the creative team that brought this breakout story to the page.
 

About Robert Venditti

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Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel series The Surrogates, the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. His most recent projects are GREEN LANTERN, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, DEMON KNIGHTS and Valiant's X-O Manowar.
 
Published September 12, 2006 by Top Shelf Productions. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Years earlier, this prophet incited riots while preaching a gospel of returning society to a time when people actually lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them, a point of view that Greer is slowly coming to agree with.

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In the book's climax, our hero Greer himself connects to a surrogate body for the first time to protect himself when the city erupts in riots.

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BC Books

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A prequel to their debut s-f graphic novel, The Surrogates, Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele's The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone (Top Shelf Publications) takes us back to July 29, 2039, as the robotic body shells known as surrogates are still being test marketed to consumers.

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Examiner

Surrogates is one of those comic-to-film adaptations that if you weren’t a nerd, or hadn’t been informed by one, you may not know that it existed as a graphic novel before being brought to life on the silver screen.

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All of that is retained in the film, and the relationship plays out very much like it does in the book, and I think because that is in there - and in the film, I think more screentime is devoted to it than pagetime in the book - I think that stuff will still shine through.

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Geeks of Doom

The Surrogates caught me by surprise when it came out a few years ago.

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Grasping For The Wind

In addition to the standard panel by panel comic book style of other graphic novels, The Surrogates fills in back story by providing such things as a newscast transcript, an e-newsletter, promotion materials for the surrogate products, and an essay on the benefits of surrogacy.

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Grasping For The Wind

Flesh and Bone is a pre-Surrogate world (surrogates are life-like robots controlled by VR from the safety of your own home, allowing you to be anyone, anytime), where only a few people are in possession of surrogates.

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