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REVIEW: You are Obsolete #1


REVIEW: You are Obsolete #1

Book Title: You are Obsolete #1

Book Description: You are Obsolete #1 tells the tale of Lyla Wilcox, a 26 year old reporter who was a rising star until she made one poorly chosen remark. That remark spread like wildfire through news and social media. In three days she was drummed out of the industry she spent her life working to get into. Now her only option for work as a reporter will require her to to fly to the Estonian island of Muhu. The only question is what is the story? Lyla goes out to get a bite to eat. That’s when she sees the children for the first time. There must be 20 of them packed into a four door sedan that drives by her in the street. At the local pub we learn that there is something significant about turning 40 on Muhu. It’s not an occasion for rejoicing. We also learn that the children seem to have eyes and ears everywhere. The issue wraps up with Lyla finally meeting the children to learn about her writing assignment. Instead she learns that they have cameras placed everywhere, so nothing goes unseen.

Book Author: Mathew Klickstein

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: AfterShock Comics

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Illustrator: Engeniy Bornyakov

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You are Obsolete #1 came out right before I really started to shift away from the “Big Two” and dive into the world of indie comics. I was so eager to see the next adventures of Batman, Spider-Man, et al that I never noticed it on the shelves.

I found this copy an online comic auction. The price was right for going on a curiosity voyage. It arrived in a box full of geeky goodness and went into the reading queue.

I liked the premise of the story. It has a good foundation. I’d have liked to have seen more information about exactly what Lyla did to be put in this position. From what I can tell she got drunk and made inappropriate remarks on camera somewhere.

I’d also like to know what is so important about turning 40. From what I have gathered in Muhu people don’t live past that age. Why?

The story moves at a slow pace for the first half of the book. Then it kicks into high gear. Right until it slams the brakes because the issue comes to an end. It’s a good cliffhanger. I want to know what the children want Lyla to write about. That’s the big unanswered question in this book.

The artwork on the cover is a bit creepy; but in a good way. It does what a cover is supposed to. It gets your attention.

I was very impressed with the interior artwork. It’s crisp and detailed. The panel showing Lyla stuck in the middle row on the airplane is spot on. I think a lot of us have been in that position somewhere along the way.

As a geek on a budget this book leaves me feeling conflicted. I liked it and am very curious to see where the story goes, I don’t know how I’d feel about paying collector prices for the rest of the run though. If I come across them in the ding and dent section I know I’ll be all over them.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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