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Transhuman Paperback – February 10, 2009
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This is yet another oddball science-fiction story that is far from the norm. The concept of genetic modification of the human species seems very grounded and possible. Could a pharmaceutical company create a series of treatments to make us smarter, faster, stronger and better? If one allows their mind to go down that rabbit hole, one can conceive of how it might work. From there, the author delves into how human test subject might approach the treatments, assemble their motivations and deal with the consequences. He also explores the people behind the scenes of said treatments, their motivations and goals. This portion alone creates a world of greed, corruption and excess that sadly mirrors our own in various ways. Add in crazed animal test subjects with a host of strange new abilities and now it gets wacky.
For a series that last a mere 4 issues, a lot of story gets packed inside yet, it feels like there was more that was left uncharted. For want of comparison, it feels like a mash-up of Watchmen, The Boys and Planet Of The Apes filtered through a PBS documentary series. It offers up some scary scenarios that manage to also be wildly funny at times.
The story plays out in a faux-documentary style. (think 60 minutes) A reporter interviews important characters who belong to two rival corporations (Chimera and Humonics) developing human body improvement through genetic manipulation. Each chapter covers a significant part of the history of the competition, marked with corrupted experiments, greed, nihilistic competition, and many negative aspects in big business.
Similar to Hickman's previous effort, The Nightly News, Transhuman is ripe with social commentary. The obvious target is the pharmaceutical industry, however Hickman also covers the business aspect of scientific development, big business corruption in general, and of course, overall human insecurity/stupidity. Although Transhuman does have some graphic nature, it has a more humorous/satirical tone than 'Nightly News,' which Ringuet's artwork compliments quite well. The story is extremely original, both from its material and the perspective shown. Hickman manages to balance a very interesting plot and clever writing to keep the reader glued to the pages, and take each panel one-by-one rather than try to guess the end Lost-style.
Transhuman's paperback marks an impressive job done by both Ringuet and Hickman. A reviewer of Nightly News stated that Hickman's work "is what comics will look like 10 years from now." If you thought Nightly News was just 100 Bullets attached with a political message, than Transhuman will convince you that Hickman is without-a-doubt evolving into a comic book powerhouse. Marvel was very smart to pick him up...
I found it difficult to get into the groove with this form of storytelling, but other people may have different reactions.
I think Hickman is great I would suggest the Manhattan Projects, East of West, or Avengers or FF instead.
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I absolutely loved this short, elegant, beautiful, funny graphic novel. One of the best I've ever read, Johnathan Hickman is a treasure.Published on February 10, 2010 by Kate Laws
Transhuman is an intelligently written tale by Johnathan Hickman (The Nightly News) and finely illustrated by artist JM Ringuet, and chronicles the corporate wars between two... Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Hermgerm