by Wren McDonald
Release Date: December 13, 2016
Publisher: Nobrow Press
SP4RX is the story of mankind clawing for survival. Set in a future where a class system has emerged, the world is divided into four levels, with the elite ruling from the extravagant top level.
SP4RX, a young hacker who lives off grid, hacks into corporations and sells stolen data to wealthy buyers on the black market – just your average thief. Mega corporation Structus Industries introduces a welfare program called the “Elpis Program”, which allows the working class to apply for Cybernetic implants to make workers more efficient. On the surface, it seems like a program to empower the poor and allow them to rise to the ranks of the elite. But SP4RX soon discovers all is not as it seems… SP4RX and Structus are set on a collision course with the fate of humanity at stake in Wren McDonald’s latest sci-fi tale of survival and corruption!
Hey, have I ever told you guys that this publishing company only published good books? Oh? I have? Well, I guess my limitless love of Nobrow is more apparent than I thought. Anyway, this is another really entertaining book from my favorite publishing company.
I thought this was very well developed for a book so short. Both the characters and the story were completely fleshed out, which is a very impressive feat; I doubt most authors could create a story this in-depth in such a short amount of pages. I have to say that at the very start it was a tad bit confusing because you're just thrown into a world that you have zero idea about, but it very quickly starts to make sense with the introduction of the complexities of the electronic world.
I appreciated that you got multiple sides of what was happening. There was the revolutionaries who were trying to stop the progression, the elite class trying to push it forward, and the lowest class just accepting it. It became very clear very quickly as to why everyone was doing what they were doing, and that was great.
Characterization can sometimes be lost in graphic novels, but this book created vivid characters with ease. McDonald utilized the minutest of details in the art to help indirectly characterize everyone, and it worked flawlessly.
This is such a great graphic novel, and the art is amazing and stylized and purple and beautiful and I loved flying through this.