Generation Gone, Vol. 1

Generation Gone, Vol. 1

America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job.What happens when you're young, poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss -- and a struggle for survival.The first chapter of the SF action epic by...

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Title:Generation Gone, Vol. 1
Author:Ales Kot
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Generation Gone, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • -RadioActiveBookWorm-

    Goodreads Synopsis:

    America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job.

    What happens when you're young, poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss -- and a struggle for survival.

    The first chapter of the SF action epic by ALES KOT and ANDRE LIMA ARAUJO.

    Collects issues 1 through 5.

    My Review:

    I received a copy of Generation Gone

    Goodreads Synopsis:

    America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job.

    What happens when you're young, poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss -- and a struggle for survival.

    The first chapter of the SF action epic by ALES KOT and ANDRE LIMA ARAUJO.

    Collects issues 1 through 5.

    My Review:

    I received a copy of Generation Gone from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    Generation Gone starts off rocky. A girl telling a boy she loves him and he says that he wishes he could control her more and that her mood swings are boring and she apologizes. What I mean by rocky is that it's not great for the characters, but the story itself sucked me in from the beginning. Project Utopia is a completely unique idea to anything I've read lately, and it's basically when you try to rewrite someone's DNA with codes.

    The story itself is really interesting, following a bunch of hackers trying to live their lives, robbing banks. A session gone wrong leaves the trio with unusual and inconsistent abilities. I really liked the art in this, it fits well with the story. Definitely check it out if you get the chance.

    Here's a link to the book on Amazon!

    Thanks for reading! Check out this review and more at my blog.

    (Radioactivebookreviews.wordpress.com)

  • Kenny

    This is precious. Hurry with the Netflix movie already.

  • Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)

    Ellie was weak in some areas, incredibly strong in others. Nick was a douche, but even then I could sympathize with him for the pain that he was feeling. Even Baldwin was interesting, though he is one that we know the least about.

    The one thing that ties the trio of Nick, Ellie, and Baldwin together is their recognition that things need to change an

    Ellie was weak in some areas, incredibly strong in others. Nick was a douche, but even then I could sympathize with him for the pain that he was feeling. Even Baldwin was interesting, though he is one that we know the least about.

    The one thing that ties the trio of Nick, Ellie, and Baldwin together is their recognition that things need to change and their anger at a world that they feel like has abandoned them. The General was a walking piece of egotistical arsehole, but he absolutely loved his daughter and did try to protect people when he could.

    Basically, you can’t easily love or hate any of these characters. And that is… not something I’m used to. I think it’s nice when characters have flaws, but to have them feel so real is something odd in a comic book. I think this aspect drew me to the story even when the superhero portion of things would normally push me away a bit.

    There is one panel in

    that said so much. It’s a conversation between the General and Ellie’s mother. It made me want to whoop and holler and cheer because

    A woman, a sick woman, going toe to toe with a man in a position of authority, and not backing down one inch!

    And then there’s the

    Wow! Not something I expected. I haven’t read a graphic novel before where two of the main characters were involved in a relationship that involved domestic violence. I’m sure there’s probably some out there, but this was an entirely new experience for me! I found myself wanting to reach into the panels and shake Ellie. To tell her to see what was going on. To tell her she was better than that! It was almost painful waiting for her to figure things out for herself.

    On a lighter note: One of the things that made an impression early on, and carried through is that the

    feels very ‘moist’. I know, I know. That’s a horrible word. But people are sweating, vomiting, crying, etc, all the time. Fluids everywhere. Every. Where.

    Of course, nothing is perfect. So I would be amiss if I weren’t to point out that even I felt like some of the poses and thoughts and stuff of Ellie felt a bit like Jean Gray from X-Men. And I can’t say I was all aflutter over the art.

    But the violence made me happy, the dialogue made me think, and the characters kept me engaged. So, yes, I definitely recommend everyone check out

    .

    I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review consideration.

  • Bianca Walters

    “Be anything you want to be, as long as it isn’t harming others. Because you can very likely achieve it.”

    Elena realizes she can fly and goes straight to the sun to bask and test her limits. Her boyfriend Nick has discovered himself to be indestructible and in no time is expressing the self-multiplying rage that is present in every panel he’s in. Baldwin, ever the dutiful third wheel, can’t quite see his powers right away like the others do. Three young hackers wanting to test their strength, the

    “Be anything you want to be, as long as it isn’t harming others. Because you can very likely achieve it.”

    Elena realizes she can fly and goes straight to the sun to bask and test her limits. Her boyfriend Nick has discovered himself to be indestructible and in no time is expressing the self-multiplying rage that is present in every panel he’s in. Baldwin, ever the dutiful third wheel, can’t quite see his powers right away like the others do. Three young hackers wanting to test their strength, they were looking to pillage some big bank when they stumbled into the trap of a man called Mr. Akio. He chooses the millennial hackers to be recipients of an “evolutionary” gift. What that gift entails is unclear to the hackers and maybe even Akio himself. The only sure thing is that Elena, Baldwin, and Nick are no longer limited to the skills and strengths of average humans. This series is painfully timely, and reading it hurt so good.

    For Fans of: MR. ROBOT, John Dies at the End by David Wong, Neuromancer by William Gibson, Akira the Katsuhiro Otomo Movie &

    Manga

    Art: Ajauro is as bold as this concept, and terrifying when it counts.

    Sell it: To those hungry for hacker flavored sci-fi and revolution.

  • Donovan

    An intelligent and thrilling experiment in social commentary, superpowers, government conspiracies, and a tumultuous love triangle. The most impressive illustrations I’ve seen all year. Please let there be more to this story.

  • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

    You know that found footage movie that came out 5 years or so ago called,

    ? That's what this comic reminded me of.

    In Generation Gone, we have three teenaged kids who are hacking DARPA and other government agencies to practice and hone their skills so that when they start skimming banks they won't get caught.

    Little do they know...they are being watched.

    A scientist has come up with a string of code that when the human eye reads it, it unlocks 'superhuman powers.'

    So basically we have 5 iss

    You know that found footage movie that came out 5 years or so ago called,

    ? That's what this comic reminded me of.

    In Generation Gone, we have three teenaged kids who are hacking DARPA and other government agencies to practice and hone their skills so that when they start skimming banks they won't get caught.

    Little do they know...they are being watched.

    A scientist has come up with a string of code that when the human eye reads it, it unlocks 'superhuman powers.'

    So basically we have 5 issues of a comic about what happens when fucked up kids become X-Men. Only, this isn't a Marvel comic, so the things are a lot more shocking.

    Fun book. While it's not overly deep it makes up for that by going bonkers, balls to the wall, with everything else. By the end of the final issue, I felt invested and interested enough in the story that I am pretty hyped to see what happens when this comic starts back up again in early 2018. There are a lot of different directions this story could take and I honestly have no idea whats going to happen.

    I'd give this a three and a half star rating if I could...

  • Derek Royal

    I read this for an upcoming episode of the podcast. I like Kots's work, normally, and I did enjoy this first volume of the series. However, there were a few facets of the storytelling -- certain plot twists, particular character behavior, over-dramatized actions, as well as some of the art -- that seemed a bit off and took me out of the narrative. These were minor things for the most part, but they added up to noticeable distractions. Still, I like the premise and where the story may be going, s

    I read this for an upcoming episode of the podcast. I like Kots's work, normally, and I did enjoy this first volume of the series. However, there were a few facets of the storytelling -- certain plot twists, particular character behavior, over-dramatized actions, as well as some of the art -- that seemed a bit off and took me out of the narrative. These were minor things for the most part, but they added up to noticeable distractions. Still, I like the premise and where the story may be going, so I'll read on in the series.

  • Chad

    Take the plot of Chronicle and add in some heavy-handed social commentary and you have Generation Gone. The book steals a LOT from Chronicle, same basic plot, same basic characters. There's some half-assed commentary about society that isn't really thought out along with a B-plot about one of the kids' brother who was (killed?) that's made him jaded about the world but it never really gets fleshed out. Like a lot of Ales Kot's work, the story is only partly fleshed out to show the scenes he want

    Take the plot of Chronicle and add in some heavy-handed social commentary and you have Generation Gone. The book steals a LOT from Chronicle, same basic plot, same basic characters. There's some half-assed commentary about society that isn't really thought out along with a B-plot about one of the kids' brother who was (killed?) that's made him jaded about the world but it never really gets fleshed out. Like a lot of Ales Kot's work, the story is only partly fleshed out to show the scenes he wants us to see, but that connective tissue that explains how we got there is missing. I always feel like there are a few pages torn out of any Ales Kot story.

    Received an advance copy from Image and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alex Sarll

    "Perhaps I am too direct for you", says the scientist who's found the secret of superpowers, and he's not kidding. I agree with almost all the points Kot is making here - the failures of our governments, the theft of the future from the young, the whiny entitlement of the young man who has gone past wanting more than this into wanting control of everyone (whilst lacking, of course, any self-control). But fuck me, it's all pretty on-the-nose, and I'm not sure the political implications of Chronic

    "Perhaps I am too direct for you", says the scientist who's found the secret of superpowers, and he's not kidding. I agree with almost all the points Kot is making here - the failures of our governments, the theft of the future from the young, the whiny entitlement of the young man who has gone past wanting more than this into wanting control of everyone (whilst lacking, of course, any self-control). But fuck me, it's all pretty on-the-nose, and I'm not sure the political implications of Chronicle or They're Not Like Us were really so oblique that they needed a gloss this explicit. As to the art, it's fine in a vaguely Jacen Burrows style until anyone gets angry, which is unfortunate, because the nature of the story is such that a lot of people do.

    (Edelweiss ARC)

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