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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,154 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Artifice is about Deacon, a prototype android soldier so advanced he is referred to as an "artificial person." On one of his first missions, Deacon was ordered by his corporate masters to eliminate a team of scientists who knew too much—and he has failed spectacularly. Not only did he let one of the targets live, he attacked the team sent to retrieve him. Now the Corporati ...more
Paperback, Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by AMW Comics (first published April 1st 2013)
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Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Deacon is an android. He's sent to planet Da Vinci 4 with his squad of identical android soldiers to kill every living human on the settlement there (for whatever reason, it's simply his order).

After completing the mission, his scanner shows one more human life form nearby, but while the rest of his squad are destroyed by a bomb blowing up, Deacon remains alone on Da Vinci 4, intending to complete his mission.

Deacon finds the human. A young man who was outcast by the other settlers for being gay
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingie by: SheReadsALot
Written February 19, 2014

2.7 Stars - nicely done but a bit "stiff" sci-fi webcomic

Nice drawings and art in a sci-fi story about a nasty hard, future sci-fi world. ~ It was quite okay although I wasn't really intrigued by this plot. Perhaps I would have preferred more time with the two men, and less with the cold psychologist. Romantic but slightly too stingy with cute romantic scenes.

...and it wasn't that fun either. Instead, it was pretty tight, almost boring (..for me), and perh
The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
4.25 stars!

This was surprisingly good. Fast paced and entertaining.
Loved it. It ended exactly were it needed to end. Plus the author's FAQ was a nice touch. Deacon and Jeff deserve a HEA, glad they made theirs. ...more
3.5 stars!

A nice little, free story. The plot is rather simple but I quite liked the graphic side and the main MCs are very convincing.

The whole 'interrogation/interview/assessment' scene between Deacon and Maven is great. I only wish we got more of Jeff :( I didn't get to know him very well...

If there's a book 2 out there some day, I really might be tempted to get back to this story! ;)
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Brilliant!

Despite all the focus on sci-fi films and television shows and video games no one has ever come up with a tender romance on the order of the one projected visually and verbally as in ARTIFICE, a graphic novel first by author Alex Woolfson and illustrator Winona Nelson. Not only is this book an art piece to hold and read and experience, but it also happens to be a very fine story that speaks more clearly about same sex relationships than most novels today.

The story is well su
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun story about an android military guy and a young guy he protects (and falls in love with) and a nasty corporation. Explores the familiar "what makes a human" territory with a nice gay twist and tackles it head-on by having the hero engaging a therapist. Satisfying. Also, I really love the art here. I don't know that I ever had the hots for an android until now. ...more
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was so good. Amazing story and outstanding art work.

I adored Deacon and Jeff and was really rooting for them to get their HEA.

"I just don't know why they would design you to feel anything for anybody!"

"You aren't just anybody.
You're Jeff.
My Jeff."

Dr. Maven was a total wagon. Absolutely hated her. Exactly what you want in a villain.

I actually liked how it ended, I suppose some would call it a cliffhanger but I kind of agree with the creator in that it would have been just more of Deacon be
Emma Sea
Dec 13, 2014 marked it as own-and-need-to-read  ·  review of another edition
i already read the webcomic, but i'm so looking forward to reading it on kindle. Sitting down and reading the whole story at once is a completely different thing to a serial. ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Adam by: Martin
[Special thanks to Martin for sharing the book with me]

I've never been much of a fan of English graphic novels because the art style in general doesn't really suit my taste. I usually prefer Asian Manga art style, so my review is a little biased.

The story itself is Sci-Fi themed and features a technosexual relationship between Deacon, an android soldier, and Jeff, the human captive. The story's concept is good and I felt it had so much more potential if the story was not so short and there was e
Dave Schaafsma
Gay science fiction. I saw this at the library and had just been reading Alex + Ada and thought that was good, so this is a related book: How human can AI become? In Alex and Ada, Alex receives a robot girl and finds her boring, works to help her, in Pygmalion fashion, to become more "human," to help her become more fully capable of making her own decisions. Here, a robot soldier, Deacon, seems to be making complex and problematic decisions and is in therapy with Dr Maven to see if he can become ...more
M. Corvidae
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt-sci-fi, m-m
This story definitely holds up on re-read. Loved the setup. Deacon, a sexually curious soldier android finds and spares Jeff, the only gay lad on a space colony that Deacon has been ordered to extinguish. They spend some time together, one thing leads to another, and Deacon gets to explore this 'sex' thing he's been so curious about. X)

Yes, they do have some tantalizing scenes together. My only complaint is that they weren't more explicit. (I say that about a lot of things)

The story was succin
I'm on a serious graphic novel/web comic bender at the moment, and after spending the entire weekend trawling through the most ridiculous nonsense, I've hit pay dirt. This web serial is awesome and then some. It's a sci-fi/dystopian tale about an 'artificial person' and an actual person who are thrown together by some pretty messed up circumstances and end up having to make some interesting choices. Anyhow, it's illustrated amazingly well and the story is great. I would definitely recommend this ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I really liked the concept and found it to be nicely written overall. This love story takes place over about 14 weeks but initially the story felt a bit rushed. I'm someone who doesn't rush into love, so it took me a movement to just let myself go and enjoy the excitement of infatuation. I would of liked more dialogue maybe some back story to add to the characters emotional makeup. It seems some people didn't like the ending, I found it wonderful. I like open endings, it felt like it was full of ...more
Just A. Bean
From the Pride humble bundle.

This was really well done. I was genuinely worried about the outcome and totally rooting for the characters. I admit that bb gay boys in love despite the hellish corporate overlords is pretty well what I want to read all the time.

In fine tradition of tropey gay romances, the consent issues were... a little blurry, but I felt like it worked out pretty well on the whole. The romance was mostly very sweet and authentic, underlined by very lovely art. I also liked all th
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is COMPLETE (hope someone updates the description here)!

This is a totally awesome sci-fi story. It is also a great slash romance between two "outcasts": a gay man (seen as an aberation in the genetically selected humanity) and a robot soldier who is a bit too smart and independent and entirely too human (and therefore a candidate for termination).
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not am I a sucker for homossexual romance, I am also a sucker for happy endings when it comes to homossexual couples *wipes tears*
Tully Vincent
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This web comic is a finished story that was quite interesting with nice art. I read it in one sitting.
Acin Fals
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woolfson wrote in his Writer's Notes that what he had really wanted to see in Action were "real heroes who just happened to be gay. Heroes who got the guy and got to save the day."

Artifice nailed that part with the hero.

However, I don't see this graphic novel as an action-romance.

There is romance. The more that Deacon and Jeff learn about each other, the more fearful I became that the ending wasn't going to end on a hopeful note. I wanted love to conquer all. And, of course, it does. As their re
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cool sci-fi graphic novel exploring sexuality and love.
Ed Davis
This was my first book of this type ( graphic novel) It was ok. Not much to it. The illustrations were very well done. I enjoyed them.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nsfw, comics, lgbt, scifi
Good art but a deeper look at the plot doesn’t hold up. How can a robotic killing machine feel emotional attachment, how can he have functional intercourse?
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
I tried. I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for cause this ain’t it.
Rebecca Crunden
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
A robot saves his target and the therapist employed by his bosses wants to know why.

This was such a great story! Definitely recommend!
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can an artificial person truly feel emotions? What is the measure of true love? How much control do we have over our lives? These are the questions Woolfson explores in Artifice, a combination sci-fi-romance-psychological graphic novel about the meeting of Deacon and Jeff, their love for one another, and their subsequent fight against the corporation and a society that doesn't accept them. The story switches between the past and the present as Dr. Maven, a corporate robopsychologist, extracts in ...more
This was a very cut and dry comic. It focuses on Deacon, a robot built to kill, who goes against his orders and kills several people instead of completing the mission he was given. The story is told primarily as a flashback as Deacon tells his story to a therapist so she can figure out what happened that stopped him from completing the mission and killing innocents.

It's a very short read, I read it in about an hour.

For a sci-fi book, not too much sci-fi. There's a colony (view spoiler)
Paper Droids
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Do you like comics? Of course you do. Do you like science fiction comics? Yes. Do you like gay science fiction comics? I bet you do.

But what has all those things? What can you possibly find that will combine your three favourite things? Lucky for you (and for me), Alex Woolfson has put his brilliant mind to work to unite all those things to create an incredible comic about a gay bot/boy romance.

Artifice is a wonderful, imaginative look at a different type of relationship—the love between man and
The story was interesting and the relationship grew slowly. The artwork was very good and reminiscent of American comics such as Marvel more then manga-style art. The story was told as the main character was looking back on events and explaining his actions to an evaluator which I found a bit too heavy in conversation for my tastes. I would have preferred to watch the action as it unfolded and see more of their relationship and time spent together compared to the discussion between the main char ...more
Robin P.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Meh. The story was pretty superficial, but the ending was cute. It was like the author left out the most interesting part. The part where they actually build a believable relationship is all done "off-screen," for lack of a better term. As it is, it seems hokey-romantic (inasmuch as super-soldier patriarchal masculinity can be). Suddenly, because of sex and stockholm syndrome, they decide they're in love? Like, as a writer, you can't just tell people they have strong feelings, you have to show h ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics

The art is good and I followed this when it was updating. I liked the look of the comic and was kept curious to the outcome.

Ultimately I found it didn't delve into things enough; too much of what had interesting potential was left vague or happened off-page.

For me the ending was disappointing; while I don't mind it being open-ended it felt like a very sudden jump into melodrama - from slow-burn to fast action in the turn of a page. Further to that the resolution meant certain character
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Alex grew up loving science-fiction and action movies, but never got to see what he really wanted to see—kick-ass genre stories with real heroes who just happened to like other guys. He likes speculative fiction, meditation, and men who fight monsters and then want to make out.

Inspired by the sci-fi thrillers he loved as a kid, he teamed up with illustrator Winona Nelson to create the science-fict

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