“Comics is a stormy, dangerous coastline, shallow and sharp, but UTOPIATES stands like a lighthouse guiding you to the safe harbor where smart, intense comics still exist” -Phil Hester
Genre: Sci Fi Cyberpunk / Noir
Written by Josh Finney
Art by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha
Cover Art by Salvador Trakal
US / CAN
21 Aug 2012
In the near future…
…science is able to distill human personalities into a drug-form. Called utopiates –a merging of the words utopia and opiate– these drugs allow users to swap personalities with the “mental imprints” of other people. Every user has their own reasons for seeking chemical escape, but all soon learn the cost of soul swapping is extremely high.
Follow the interconnected lives of four individuals addicted to injecting “souls” in the sci-fi series, UTOPIATES Vol.1, now available from 01 Publishing. At its core, this book is an unflinching portrayal of human behavior at its most extreme.
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Praise and Reviews:
This is a real dark dystopic future with a strong dash of cyberpunk. -SF Crowsnest
…riveting. -The Huffington Post
UTOPIATES #1 is a fantastic cross of all the best alternate reality elements of THE MATRIX and the near- future noir aspects of BLADE RUNNER. Josh Finney and Kat Rocha do a fine job of capturing modern society’s growing addiction to artificial gratification in this gritty and disturbing tale. A great debut issue… I’m definitely looking forward to more. -Tom Waltz (Children of the Grave, 30 Days of Night)
Admittedly inspired by the works of Gibson, Dick, and Welsh, Utopiates mixes the swirling abyss of addiction with the cyberpunk leanings of drug-obsessed futurist writers. The first-person narration is classic cybernoir, and the “digital black and white” art lends this dark story a unique flair. Creators Josh Finney and Kat Rocha are to be commended for diving into familiar waters and coming up with something new. It’s well worth your time to check out;… -Troy, Newsarama.com
When you pick up Utopiates be prepared to face humanity’s darker side. - Veritas / NeonDystopia
Cold, brutal, humane and whip smart it’s one of the best SF books I’ve read this year. - Travelling Man