Digitopia 1.0: 'Displaced Dreams'
Digitopia 2.0: 'Terror Star'

Written by: Farhan Qureshi
Artists: Sebastian Piriz/Tom Hoskisson
Colors and Lettering: Simon Robbins
Editor: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Looks Beautiful!

First of all, I think the colors and total packaging is very concise and elegant. They go all out on blending a rich selection of colors and compositions that set a mood. Occasionally a wild red panel will jut out but that's all for effect. Again, well done.

We're put into a crumbling and desolate landscape called 'Digitopia', which seems to draw from the 'Utopia' of Plato or St. Aquinas' teachings, namely a 'nowhere' world that is put together to examine a political theory or philosophical question about human nature. The word has come to mean a perfect world that can't be attained but only hoped for. 'Negative Utopia' (Orwell's 1984) came to mean any world that may be the by product of people not striving for an ideal, but to win at any cost.

What is a Digitopia? A digital Utopia? It remains to be seen...



There's the backdrop of Terrorism, which fits well in the bombed-out scenery and catastrophic environment they create. A little girl, literally born on the first page, quickly grasps the concepts of harsh survival and being quick with a rifle -even at the precious age of 6.

An older man is separated from the young man and his daughter/wife. He runs into the soldiers who police 'Digitopia'. There's a conflict.

Later, there's the acting Governor who wants to win the election. Also, a muck-raking news reporter who reports against the Terrorists.

Sounds good. Yet...

I really had a hard time pulling all these strings together as a reader. Digitopia is strongly concept-driven, with not a whole lot of story to follow. Farhan might have had a better story had he put together a more understandable sequence of events. As it is, there's a great deal of energy and attention put into 'touchstones' or 'symbols of power' in the form of Government officials and agents lurking in the background.

Digitopia is held back by this 'world building bug' that has gotten the creative team fully infected. That's something I wasn't expecting, given that the first three pages of Part 1.0 were so strong. Things quickly came unraveled as I was taken to scenes of the inevitable 'people in power' doing 'powerful behind the scenes stuff' that so many writers feel compelled to show.

Whenever Digitopia went back to Jay I felt more connected to the story. I felt I didn't have to work at it to understand it. Whenever he's not there it's a 'here we go' sensation of being driven to the back rooms again. Frustrating.


There's good concepts here.

The question about who's right in a Oppressor vs. Oppressed situation, and what's the difference between a 'Freedom Fighter' or 'Terrorist'? Blended into it of course from the Title is access to information in a high-tech society. Where Digitopia goes a bit astray is in forgetting to stay with compelling characters like Jay and tell a story first.

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