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Friday, April 07, 2006

The Surrogates #1 (of 5)/24 pgs. & $2.95 fromTop Shelf - Tales of the Terminal Diner/96 pgs. & $9.95 from Sonic Comics

In the future, almost everyone owns a surrogate, an android who does everything one doesn't want to do, and some things one doesn't want to get caught doing. An android is a robot that looks like a human. Regrettably, in this exciting new mini-series, they act like humans as well. As proof, two androids whom are about to have sex in an alley are murdered�if one can murder something that isn't really alive.

Well written, and drawn in an effective, abstract style, one of the strengths of this new SF series is its willingness to tackle tough political and moral questions without preaching to a reader. In addition, and worthy of praise, is the restraint used by the creative team when handling sexual issues and violence. Less is always more; nothing in literature is more powerful than the human imagination.

Surrogates is highly recommended for mature readers.

Words by Robert Wendittit; art by Brett Weldele. Sold at comics shops and online at Top Shelf Comix. MV

Terminal Diner

Terminal Diner is an anthology of tales told over coffee at a restaurant located at the corner of Unreal and Real. You are as likely to buy a donut as an order of barbequed dragon wings.

These pithy stories cover the gamut of literary genres and styles of art, and more than one is likely to be your cup of tea. None will offend anyone but the weakest of hearts. The only disappointment is that the diner doesn't feature an All You Can Read buffet.

Terminal Diner features the work of professionals including Michael T. Gilbert, Don Lomax, Steve Skeates, Fred Hembeck, and the last story written and drawn by Oklahoma Cartoonists Museum associate, Richard "Grass" Green.

Sold at comics shops and MV