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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  83 reviews
A meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then virally spreads to multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host, but history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. Memetic shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by BOOM! Studios (first published October 13th 2015)
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karen
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
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i decided to read this because i felt like i didn't know what was going on in the world of graphic novels anymore. back when i was working at the book factory all the time, even if i wasn't reading all the graphic novels, i was at least flipping through them after picking them up off the ground (thanks, lazies!) on my way to reshelve them, or getting first-looks at them when they came in. but now? i only know things from goodreads. which is helpful, but sometimes a girl needs to see for
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Fantastic. This is EXACTLY my favorite type of book - the end of the world, no holds barred. Characters are great, the art is awesome, I even love the tone - a dismal "We cannot escape this" feeling.

But please: NO ONE decide to make another volume after this. The story needs to end right here.
Nuno R.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Didn't get the tone. Is it sarcasm, or a twisted celebration (catharsis?) of our collective/individualistic obsessive paradoxes? Again, I feel that the concept of meme is wasted. Sci-fi wise, it's a nice premise that is used in a chilled teen/catastrophe movie narrative. The dystopian analyses and insights are nowhere to be seen.
Cathy
Nov 09, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Not going to rate this, as I mostly skimmed. This probably appeals to millennials and a younger crowd, I mostly didn‘t care about the story idea. I caught glimpses of something zombie-like and an end-of-the-world scenario. I think this gained a GLAAD nomination due to gay representation? What I saw wasn‘t anything spectacular. Then again, this didn‘t grab me and I just skimmed...
Jennifer
Hmm...not quite sure how I felt after reading this, and I'm not exactly sure what to write about it, which is why I'm going to continue to write a rambling review.

The last issue ends with a conversation between the writer James Tynion IV and the artist Eryk Donovan, and it seems that, like the random-ass sloth meme in the series, they weren't necessarily trying to convey specific "messages" either. Tynion says, "That's all I wanted to do here. Write something that made you guys feel something
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Eric
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I really wanted to like this book. It's got an interesting concept, was rife for some good social commentary, and had some wonderfully Lovecraftian elements. But the whole thing feels a bit rushed, and the characters were far too 1-dimensional. We only ever get introduced to them, never getting to know them, or make any sort of real emotional connection to them. So when events happen to them, there is no real feeling of consequence.
unknown
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Well. Hey certainly went there, didn't they?
Alex Sarll
Wherein a soothing picture of a chilled-out sloth causes the end of the human race within days. The notion recalls Snow Crash, or David Langford's basilisk images - but they both wrote before images flitted around the world in the way they do now. And of course, in prose, neither of them could show you the image, let alone make it plausible enough that - as with when I saw Ring, taped on a timer late at night - part of you is left wondering how long until it kicks in. Plus, while the apocalypse ...more
Cale
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'll be honest, when I finished the story part of the collection, I absolutely hated this book. I didn't know anything about the book when I picked it up, and what had started out as an interesting concept ended in a place I really didn't want to go. Reading some of the afterword stuff, especially the conversation between the writer and artist, helped me to recontextualize my feelings and recognize that they had done what they set out to do. This is truly a horror story about the end of the ...more
Craig
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting idea, not unlike Stephen King's Cell, although here it's an Internet meme that brings about the end of the world, rather than a weird signal broadcast through peoples' phones. The art was interesting though a bit hard to really recommend. The characters could have used more development throughout. This is an idea that probably could have used a couple more issues to fully develop.
Matt Sautman
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was somewhat intrigued by this, but I feel that there are so many things wrong with this. The characters feel underdeveloped, with unclear motivations. One would think that with this book having received a nomination for gay representation that this wouldn’t be the case, that there would be richly drawn out characters, but the end result (without giving specific spoilers) ends up somewhat problematic, implicitly reinforcing a narrative that marginalized people are willingly will sacrifice ...more
Matt E
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I really wanted to like this book more. It had several aspects I really enjoyed, the premise was a really good one, very much a modern extension of the ring in a lot of ways. It also had a protagonist who happened to be gay, who's sexuality was not a major plot point, or a driving conflict /motivation, which was very refreshing.

However I thought the ending was pretty disappointing and abrupt, and I wish the other characters had been more fleshed out. The key to me in good apocalypse fiction is
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Hilary
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Memetic. I truly made me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. One of the first things I did after reading this graphic novel was head to Twitter to talk to my friends about it, which now felt wrong, but then I wanted to talk to friends and customers about it too. I was spreading the word. Completing the cycle. It felt so wrong. Whenever I see the dang sloth on the shelves I get a shiver and think about avoiding my cellphone for awhile.

If you're looking for a heart lifting read this isn't
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Reed LeMans
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best short stories I've read. You don't see this done in comics often, and it was a treat to read a post-modern satire with a nod toward internet and young adult cross-culture. Succinct. Sinister. Sloths.
The Laughing Man
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this one, the theme really lured me to itself but other than a few valid points this comic did not do anything for me. It's really a sensation piece, not a good one.
Jason
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
The cover is the only good thing about this graphic novel.
Kenya Starflight
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just to point out how a good, well-written horror story can affect you -- not too long after I finished this book, I was chatting with a friend on Discord and she sent me a link to an image saying "something about looking at this is just so pleasant to me." Let me tell you, after "Memetic," I was VERY reluctant to click! "Memetic" is a unique take on the apocalypse, and shows just how powerful a force social media and the Internet can be... and just how dangerous if it's ever weaponized.

One day,
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Yesenia Hernandez
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Expect the unexpected.

A unique plot that portrays our modern form of communication as something more. It expresses the way any type of information, entertainment, etc. can transform not only our society, but culture and environment worldwide. The plot includes some good twists and keeps the reader invested in the story the whole time. 4/5 stars because of the interesting storyline, amazing illustrations, and open interpretation of the message it is portraying. However, I am more of a
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Sarah Holton
3.5
the art is not my favorite style but it fit really well it the story. The story was interesting and I liked it, but it went really fast and I would have liked to spend more time with all the characters. That could be a little unfair of me, since I am more of a novel reader than a graphic novel reader. And when I have read graphic novels in the past, they have been in multiple omnibus form. Plus the fast paced was probably chosen for a reason, to further illustrate the speed of information
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Tabitha Hartropp
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my. This book. It was so weird, but also so fascinating. I just HAD to keep turning the pages. It's like someone read a theory, and then instead of writing an honours paper, they wrote a story exploring a few angles. I'm an English major, and this story just poked my critical theory brain enough that I had a great time reading it. The story is nuts, the characters are basic, but I could see the theory inside it and stretching out its possibilities - so cool for a theory nerd like me! This ...more
Greg
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a fan of horror but the comic form allows me to tolerate it better than a film. Reading this makes me wonder how often the genre delves into fascinating questions that serve a purposes beyond a voyeuristic fascination with gore. This didn’t seem to have many of the negative tropes I think of when I think of horror. Instead, it was more focused on important questions about human evolution, the role of technology and science in our development and the potential for those same developments ...more
Jen
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a great concept -- that a meme could be used to capture the minds of humanity, literally -- and the story arc was good. However, it ended so abruptly that I was left unsatisfied. The end felt unfinished. I didn't expect that everything would be spelled out nor did I expect (view spoiler) per se but I also didn't expect to feel so unsatisfied by how it ended. (view spoiler) ...more
Jdetrick
I classified this as horror, but I'm not sure if it is. I'm honestly not sure what it is, and that's part of what makes it so interesting. It is a fascinating idea, with some very interesting characters and it never went completely where I expected. Moreover, I'm still not sure if its a good ending or a bad ending or exactly what the book is saying, and those are always the most haunting type of works. It's certainly a book that will stay with you for awhile.
Alexander Peterhans
The weakest out of their apocalypse trilogy (with Eugenic being the strongest, I think).

Why couldn't they let this end of the world breathe a little bit, instead of moving it along at breakneck speed, which made the whole thing feel preposterous, and made character decisions feel melodramatic and unbelievable.
Liz C
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant

Wow what a story. This is really good. I've loved comics/graphic novels since I started reading them in the seventies and enjoyed how they have evolved. I read this on kindle which wasn't ideal but I think I will ask for the real thing for Christmas. I hope there is a sequel.
Matt Doer
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I honestly don't know how I feel about this. I mean, it's more stupid than it is scary, but it's definitely interesting. I think if it was spun a little differently I would have liked it a bit more, but three issues was definitely not enough time to get attached to anyone or anything. Cool in theory though. I'm very tempted to send this to my friend who is afraid of sloths...XD
Kateri
3.5.
The premise is interesting, cool main character and I like that his differences turn out to be considerable assets in the apocalypse. Could have fleshed out the story more in regards to meme origins and goals, but definitely a chilling concept.
Merritt K.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Veers a little close to "what if phones but too much" territory at times and the concept has been done before, but it's kind of a neat twist on the formula with a group of likeable, interesting characters.
Piper
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was quite interesting and I initially liked the idea...
.... but then the last third of this graphic novel happened and
I Absolutely Hated Everything about it.
Ironically the only thing I ended u liking was the sloth - it made me quite happy. I keep looking at it.
Ruby
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Awesome. Dark, funny and deep at the same time.
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Prior to his first professional work, Tynion was a student of Scott Snyder's at Sarah Lawrence College. A few years later, he worked as for Vertigo as Fables editor Shelly Bond's intern. In late 2011, with DC deciding to give Batman (written by Snyder) a back up feature, Tynion was brought in by request of Snyder to script the back ups he had plotted. Tynion would later do the same with the Batman ...more
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