In the later 21st century, the world is run by Tech Gods and massive technological corporations that have enveloped influential control on mankind.
Mosely is a man who once knew what life was like before the Tech Gods swooped in and changed life forever. Now a janitor, Mosely is down in the dumps until one day his fate is changed and he is chosen to wield a hammer to strike down the corporate powers that be in order to save mankind from their technological overlords.
Guillory writes this book focusing on the jarring challenges that come with age and time, as technology and generations can reflect what is retained and what is lost over a period of advancements. Much of those ideas are reflected through Mosely, the protagonist, who struggles to come to grips with the world he helped usher in. There is as much inner conflict as there is external, and how Mosely tries to reconcile the choices made and how it has affected his family, and society itself. The story is well written as readers witness the passage of time and how it affected Mosely’s outlook and optimism throughout. Much of the concepts the Guillory explores is reflective to the world of today as all stories of the Cyberpunk genre tend to do. Although there is still a lot to explore in this series, it is off to a great start.
Sam Lotfi illustrates the book and is effective at detailing expression, character, time, and narrative through his linework effortlessly. Between the quiet moments, the wondrous moments, and the brutal action, Beaulieu’s colorwork, and Thomas’s lettering enhance Lotfi’s art and Guillory’s writing greatly. The entire team accomplishes balancing the level of urgency and wonder of this dystopian world and leaves you wondering where it’ll go next and what will become of Mosely. I recommend picking this book up for new comic book day.