Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer
You don’t have to be an ardent fan of comics (or graphic novels) to appreciate the depiction of gay love as perfectly natural … even if one of the guys is technically not human.
That’s one of the many reasons to applaud Artifice, a brave and enthralling new graphic novel written by Alex Woolfson and illustrated by Winona Nelson. Drawn simply, without all the fuss of sensory overload, Artifice pulls you in from the start, where Deacon, an apprehended Android who could easily kill his captors, is being compliant while ruthlessly being bullied.
He’s an outsider, clearly, an “it” to those who are holding him, yet he’s calm, keeping his cool under the antagonizing interrogations of a “robophychiatrist” sent to figure out why he didn’t complete the mission he was sent to do … and why he actually saved the life of a 19-year-old human male.
It’s science fiction (in case you didn’t pick up on that), meaning anything is possible — even Android/human sexual relations. (Hello!)
Perhaps the best part? You can start reading it online by clicking here.
As I hold a copy in my hands, I can assure you that the beautifully bound graphic novel is printed with quality, its glossy cover, and thick pages making it the kind of book you’d willingly add to your coffee-table collection.
It’s a gorgeous work of art and will hit shelves on May 1, 2013.
Read more about the novel here and join the discussion!