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Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of The Here and Now #1
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February 4th, 2018 by Rusty

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Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of The Here and Now #1

Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of The Here and Now #1

Date: October 2007
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
Stats: 22 color pages
Writers: Cory Doctorow, adapted by Dara Naraghi
Artists: Esteve Polls, Robert Studio and Neil Uyetake
Notable Notes: The first time a Cory Doctorow short story has been adapted to comics!

A Story and A Comic!

Several years ago I read and reviewed Cory Doctorow’s short story “Anda’s Game”. (You can still read that post over on my science fiction blog) I thought the story was pretty good, but definitely not his best work. He has written a ton of cool short stories and novels, so I was excited when I recently learned about the comic adaptations of some of his stories! I started with this one because it was the first story in the free (and legal!) TPB download. I kind of think there was something lost in the translation to graphic form, but it was still fun seeing a great short story in comic book form! Kind of like seeing a movie that was made from a novel you read. Anywho, here’s what I thought of it.

Synopsis:

“Anda’s Game” – Anda is a 12 year old girl who loves to play online video games. She and her pal Lucy are part of Clan Fahrenheit, and they have gotten very good in the fantasy game they play. So when an anonymous source offers to pay them real money to kill lowly, in-game laborers they have no problem with that. That is, until they discover what is really going on!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – They story is pretty good, but I think it worked better as a short story than as a comic. Some of the emotional content seems to be lost in graphic form.
  • Art: 3 stars – I didn’t recognize any of these artists, but their art is good and certainly satisfies the requirements of the story. Nothing spectacular though.
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – It was fun seeing the depictions of the in-game fantasy world. Also, finding out what was really happening with the laborers was pretty interesting too.

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