Created Brian Vaughan
"Nothing in life is completely confidential."
It's hard to believe comic book mastermind Brian Vaughan originally gave this away for free on the web! Because his ambitious, cinematic mish-mash of P.I. and sci-fi pays off in spades, and is certainly worth forking over some cold, hard cash for. And now that all ten books are collected in one handsome hardccover volume, even the most cyber-phobic of fanboys has no excuse.
In the not-so-distant, privacy-obsessed future of 2076, the world is still rocking from a cyber-catastrophe. Seems the internet cloud has finally burst, and everyone's squirmy little secrets have been dumped out for all to see. Goodbye, internet. And goodbye anything remotely resembling privacy. In the aftermath, paranoia rules and people desperately slip in and out of various costumes and disguises to conceal their true identies -- not just their names, but their gender, race or even species.
And right smack dab in the middle of it all is PATRICK "P.I." IMMELMANN, an young, unlicensed investigator and "discount pararazzo" from Los Angeles who's been hired by Taj McGill, a young and possibly unstable woman who favours dressing up as a tiger, to find out all he can about... Taj herself.
But when Taj turns up very dead in her apartment, her sister Raveena, hires Patrick to look into her murder. He's reluctant, at first, until somebody tries to kill him and Raveena (and burns down LA's historial Chateau Marmont in the process).
And then it becomes personal. It's all marvelously played out in big, bold artwork (courtesy of Marcos Martin and colorist Munsta Vicente); a bright shiny nightmare, where adults play dress up all day long, dressing up as fish and tigers and cowboys and ballerinas or whatever -- anything to protect their own true selves from discovery.
You think LA's full of phonies now?
It's just a kickass read -- a thoughtful, provocative, in-your-face meditation on privacy and paranoia, the internet and human nature -- a hipster blend of William Gibson, Kafka and Hammett, dipped in noir and trotted out in bold bright colours, and a giant step forward for digital comics. It won both Eisner and Harvey awards.
-- Patrick's cranky, videogame-addicted grandpa
-- Pubishers Weekly (starred review)
Deluxe hardcover edition, collecting all ten issues
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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