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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  31 reviews
What’s to Love: Our long tradition of breaking new talent—like Rafael Albuquerque (The Savage Brothers, American Vampire), Emma Rios (Hexed, Pretty Deadly), and Declan Shalvey (28 Days Later, Moon Knight)—continues with the debut of Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer, two new creators whose extensive world-building in the sci-fi thriller Arcadia evokes comparisons to ep ...more
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published May 4th 2016 by BOOM! Studios (first published May 3rd 2016)
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, hoopla
99% of humanity has been killed by a pandemic. To "save" everyone, their consciousness was uploaded to a simulation. It's sort of like the Matrix except everyone is aware they are in a simulation. This is where things started to fall apart for me. If everyone is aware that this isn't "real", what's the point of existence? If I can just change the code and change the rules of the game to say fly, then so can everyone else. So what's the point of trying to live your previous life if their are no r ...more

Whew. It was...complex. Was it also fun? Mostly. Except when it was confusing.

I’m all for innovation and technological literacy, but the tech is also dangerous. For some, it fills the place of religion. Arcadia offers a fascinating look at virtual reality through the lens of family drama.

I loved the art and the use of dark coloring to instill the sense of foreboding. Well worth a read.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn’t really ‘get’ it.
Jason Pettus
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
The Chicago Public Library recently established a partnership with online content sharing service Hoopla, which among other things means I suddenly have access to several thousand old comics I've never read before, including most of the back catalog of Dark Horse, Top Shelf and Boom! Studios. This is the third graphic novel I've now read through Hoopla, mostly because I was attracted to its "self-aware Matrix" concept: that in the future, a mysterious new virus wipes out 99 percent of the human ...more
Tom LA
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know it’s difficult to write intelligent comic books - that’s why I appreciate this effort immensely. But unfortunately I have to say that this book didn’t work for me.

Art: the characters! What happened to those expressions? 9 out of 10 faces are uneven or misshapen. With those faces, the story already loses most of its potential. I can only say that I’ve been interviewing many artists for comic books projects before, and I would never hire this one. Faces and expressions are - arguably - the
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2019, digital
The epidemic of papillomavirus hits humanity hard. Billions died, and the only hope was to move as many people to the virtual reality - Arcadia, where the finest of them are working on the ultimate cure. The comics have it all, the doomed humankind, the "matrix", the governor of it who went to god complex and "fight the meats", chosen ones, the cold crazy suicide cult leader, network of collaborating and sabotages, politic games. It looks too good to be true. And it is. Damn, this is both so int ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Is a digital escape from a viral pandemic a salvation for humanity or a trap? What obligations does altruistic salvation demand from individuals? These are questions raised in Arcadia the debut graphic novel from Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer.

This is more than simple comic book speculative fiction. Arcadia is an opening of ideas and images for exploration, examination and, hopefully, assimilation. The promise of communicating fresh ideas through words and pictures moves forward with thi
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise had potential. The story telling got a little convoluted in about chapter 7. The art did the story no favors. It was difficult to tell some characters apart (or to notice they were alike), and did not always help tell the story.
Devon Munn
3.5 stars

Pretty intriguing story for the most part, just a little hard to follow for my messed up brain lol. Would recommend though
I've always been fascinated by stories that deal with humanity's survival beyond the death of the physical body. I went into the story with high hopes but found it confusing at many points. The constant shift in scenes and character perspectives without enough background made it a bit difficult to understand what was going on at the start. Things did get clearer as it went on but it never really achieved what it initially set out to accomplish. Great concept but a somewhat lackluster execution. ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've been taking advantage of the DC Public Library's vast collection of comics and graphic novels -- thus, I came across this series with a blurb on the cover from IGN: "The Matrix, but better." I'm not so sure about that, though there's plenty of intriguing ideas and fun sci-fi universe-building. The story can be difficult to follow at times, not helped by an overflow of characters and difficult-to-decipher art. Still, I'm glad I read it. It's ambitious, creative stuff. ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
The art was really good but the story was mostly post-apocalyptic and less about the philosophical ramifications of the idea than I had hoped.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Arcadia was a random purchase for me. The premise and the promise of a book in the style of the matrix had me sold. The book has a more critical reception on comicbook round-up compared to Goodreads. The book is not a quick read and has more depth compared to the newer comics. The author has created something thought provoking and very different. Boom Studios is proving to be a very good comic book company.

Why the 4?

The ending doesn't deliver on the overall storyline arc. This was better when
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arcadia has an interesting take on the digital salvation of the human race, while taking into account the political and physical limitations. Unfortunately, this graphic novel is executed poorly. The artwork is decent, though the dark bearded characters and day-of-the-dead inspired motifs get tiresome quickly. What was most disappointing was the narrative chaos under which the story was delivered. Nothing is made clear unit the end when the plot is hammered in 4 times, and the book is at times h ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic concept and eerily realistic world-building raises the question of what would happen if most of humanity was uploaded to cyberspace. The execution was a bit confusing - some characters looked too similar, and the storyline got fuzzy near the end.
Ryan Mishap
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Normally I dislike stories set in virtual worlds, but this ambitious eight issue series was intriguing, if a little hard to follow (similar looking characters, dark art, sudden segues). A clever, gritty, smart post-apocalyptic science fiction treat. Check it out.
Charlie Easterson
I wanted to love it; it had fabulous concepts and a basically interesting story but it was extremely hard to follow at times and little too disorganized for how complex it tried to be.
Ryan Shoemaker
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly fantastic
Andrew Welch
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little hard to follow at times, especially in the beginning, but it became more compelling with each chapter.
Benjamin T Fairbank
I loved the premise and enjoyed the story, though it didn't explore things as deeply as I would have liked. ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
original concept, made me think of the great san junipero episode of black mirror but .. gets a bit confusing and unclear at the end.
Oct 02, 2019 added it
Shelves: borrowed
interessant, aber für meinen Geschmack unausgewogen innder Erzählweise/Struktur
Márcio Moreira
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
uma ideia incrível com as fundações de uma boa história. pena que a execução não deu conta. vale a leitura mesmo assim, tem muito a se aproveitar. eu veria a minissérie fácil.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel is just okay.

The art is really good but so inconsistent. Some characters look different from page to page. Multiple times I thought to myself: “Wait, who’s that?” Then I realized after looking at the clothing the character wore (and unique hair color) who in the world it was. It really broke up the enjoyment of the story.

Speaking of the story, it wasn’t at all what I expected. Based on the synopsis, I thought the story would be more about how we (earth) were fighting to go ba
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
El dibujo me ha parecido poco detallista y confuso a veces, hay primeros planos en los que no se sabe quién habla sin que esté justificado por el guion; sencillamente, varios personajes podrían identificarse con la imagen porque es muy genérica.

Y la historia es cyberpunk y muy guay, pero le falta desarrollo y profundidad de personajes. Hay aspectos que se resuelven mediante Deus ex machina y no terminas de empatizar con nadie, ni para bien ni para mal. No sé si les faltó tiempo, pero probablemen
One of the reviews said it was like The Matrix but the twists and narrative attempt to make it so much more than just a sci fi romp; it also serves as a critique on current politics and the power struggles between the haves and the have nots. You won't be disappointed by the artwork though. Worth giving it a chance. ...more
Lukas Holmes
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Confusing at times but interesting.
Jared Rasic
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Trippy and confusing.
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