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Analog, Vol. 1


3.59  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  42 reviews
It's 2024, and the internet is only for porn after the world is mass-doxxed. Every email, photo, and document ever sent rains down out of the cloud, and only a fool would send a secret over the web. This is the era of the "Paper Jockeys: " armed couriers with a briefcase of secrets that will get your sensitive information around the globe or die trying. Human punching-bag ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Image Comics
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Sam Quixote
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
On the face of it Analog is a futuristic noir about your stereotypical private detective-type - trenchcoat, booze, clipped narration, dame troubles - who does shady stuff for shady types. That’d be ok by itself but Gerry Duggan tries to do more and ends up with a muddled mess of boring nonsense instead.

Our anti-hero is Jack McGinnis, a “Ledger Man”, which looks to mean that he delivers packages to mob-types but later on he acts as a hitman, private investigator and basically whatever else the p
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Analog is set in the near future of 2024 when the entire internet was doxxed and everybody's personal information became public knowledge. In this world, Jack McGiniss works as an armed paper courier who delivers secret information from and to whoever trades in it, but he's also tangled in his own world of shit.

I really enjoyed this one! Gerry Duggan's Marvel stuff is usually hit or miss for me (primarily because I don't like Deadpool, and that's the character he usually writes), so I was pleasa
James DeSantis
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a nice breezy read, some funny moments, and some brutal deaths. It's all about the world after the internet is basically exposed, and everyone's darkest secrets are shown. Now there's people who go full analog, and do some intense thriller shit. The first half was a ton of fun but the 2nd half kind of got a little too wonky. Overall though it was solid. A 3 out of 5.
Skye Kilaen
I didn't know if I was going to like this "cyber-dystopian noir" series, because the main character has such a giant chin. Look at that cover! It's preposterous. But one does get used to it, and this first volume of an ongoing series turned out to be really good. It's 2024, and someone broke the internet so there is absolutely no online privacy. Jack, our large-chinned hero, works as a courier for secrets, which travel on paper in a briefcase cuffed to his wrist. What happens to people who have ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
We’ll score one for a writer who thinks about all the forensics angles to a crime scene - Duggan seems to have written (view spoiler). I is amazed - compared to the ridiculously implausible crimes in movies and TV where all I can think when watching is “how the hell will this not get ...more
Diane Hernandez
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Melding hard-boiled noir with a post-Facebook breach world is a brilliant idea. When nothing is private, the world’s only choice is to turn to Analog Volume 1.

In 2023, Jack is a Ledger Man, a paper jockey hired to move confidential papers from place to place. He also literally broke the Internet. Now people have no privacy at all. Many welcome the all access. For those that don’t, Jack is hired.

The government wants to break up Jack’s monopoly on confidentiality. “Aunt Sam” uses Jack’s loved one
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5* The world has gone completely digital. No secret is safe. If you want information coughed you send in someone like Jack. It has this Brubaker type noir to the story but it never quite hits the mark. It kinda doesnt take itself seriously. We still get Duggans trademark humour and comedic dialgoue. The artwork is ok but Ive seen much better. The story isnt overly exciting nor is the main character. Solid first outing but probably will gove volume 2 a miss. Will still check out what Duggan has ...more
Alex Sarll
When I saw the initial press and previews for this, I couldn't work out why Image were publishing something which just looked like a dull version of another book whose physical edition they already handle, Vaughan and Martin's The Private Eye. Here, as there, the internet suddenly disgorged everyone's secrets, leading a scarred and chastened society back to offline life. But where The Private Eye suggested it would make the world more interesting, a riot of tiny subcultures and extravagant costu ...more
This has an interesting premise: the internet is brought low when everyone’s secrets are spilled to everyone else and sensitive information must be transported the old-fashioned way, with couriers. Some of them deal in secrets people will kill for, which brings us to the flavor of the story, a flavor that is decidedly in the hardboiked/film noir wheelhouse.

Unfortunately, we don’t get a complete story here, and some of the artwork is downright weird. There’s one two-page spread late in the book w
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know, despite this adhering to my rule of Japan, I kinda actually really liked it.

What would happen to a futuristic would if all the secrets, all YOUR secrets, shared on the internet were shared? What would happen to humanity?

In Duggan's world, humanity goes back to old timey, 80's technology, which is awesome and I love it. Add a dash of fascism and racism and you've got a comic that's pretty in line with our current political and social climate.

I liked that though Japan shows up, it's no
Brandon St Mark
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-manga, image
If I’m honest, this more four stars but I’m bumping it up because the overall rating on Goodreads is too low.

This was a really fun book and I like the noir style. The main character was fun to follow and I really like Oona (I believe that’s how it was spelt, the font made it seem like an O or a D, not 100% sure which one but I think O). Definitely gonna pick up the next volume.

Not sure why this is rated so low tbh. I don’t think it does much new in the noir genre besides maybe the setting, but i
Alexander Peterhans
I couldn't get into this, really. I just wasn't convinced by the premise, that because the internet shat the bed, criminal enterprises would switch to paper couriers exclusively. It feels a bit like giving up on the idea of doors with locks because you were burglarised.

It doesn't help that I don't like the art very much, either. Everyone either looks pretty and non-descript, or they have faces square as a brick.

Not for me, this.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good future-noir comic, with a great premise – it's unfortunate, then, that of the five issues in this trade, one really fell flat with me. In the near future, the whole Internet is open to everyone, and nothing digital can be called private, so Private Eye-types act as couriers of secretive documents. Our hero is one such, until he gets leaned on to share those secrets with someone else. That's fine – it's a gritty world, with a voice-over to match, but where the problem comes in is ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
"ANALOG WILL RETURN" oooooor it doesn't have to. Really. Start was interesting, I like the main character but it is all like "here's the job, do it! - problems - killing - walking the streets", on repeat. I smiled here and there, writing is decent but I got bored in the end.. I liked it more than other things I read this week though.
Pop Bop
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Little Rough, But the Patter's Snappy

Our hero is a courier. Since the internet has been opened wide and all secrets have been revealed anything important is put on paper and hand carried. So what you get here is sort of future-dystopia throwback. That's a nice angle.

The artwork is a little rough, but it's effective. Our hero, Jack, has the snappy patter down - whether facing assassins, taking a new job from a corrupt smoothie, or needling his Dad, he's got the right line. This is clever, edgy
Ben Payne
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Didn't really get into this one. The main character is a bit annoying and it's a bit too bloodthirsty for my tastes. Had to force myself through the last issue because I didn't care about anyone.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-geekdom
Oh, the irony! I was reading a digital copy on my phone!!! Ee gads
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
As the western world funnels and filters its insecurities into and through the digital periphery, so too do the social and political institutions at the head of each and every cultural paradigm manifest in their hubris an unwillingness to fall on their swords. The decline of the digital world may not prove near, likely, or inevitable, but the decline of the authority of western ideologues whom benefit from the digital world certainly is.

ANALOG pins back its ears and dives into a dystopic future
This one is a little bit of .... strange. It is future. there was a huge break-down of social media that caused people to separate themselves from the phones, smart devices etc although as far as I can see networked and autonomous vehicles, communication and infrastructure exists, AIs exists and cyber-enhanced bodies and persons also roam the streets. But this world is marked also by constant society turmoil, lack of food and constant riots.

Our main protagonist is ... troublemaker to say the lea
The story started off to be very interesting, but was a bit too muddled some of the time. For example, it is set VERY near future, in ways that kept pulling me out of the story, considering things like robotics seem to be much more advanced than that would allow.
The idea that someone, or group of someones, could basically crash the whole Internet was intriguing, but the results don't seem to make sense. Secure non-Internet means of transmitting data already exist, so why invent a method that's
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two central ideas the the world this story is built in are based on, and only one of them really seems to play into the plot so far - the idea of the global doxxing is interesting but irrelevant beyond a motivation for the neo-luddites and the importance of paper jockeys as the carriers of secrets.
That being said, the story is very entertaining, as our protagonist Jack gets run through the wringer, gets co-opted by the US government (maybe), and has an... interesting experience in Japa
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is 2024 and the Internet has been hacked. Anything put online is available to everyone. So serious business has returned to paper. Which is where Jack McGinnis comes in. He is a "paper jockey" in that he takes physical paper (or other items) from one location to another for a fee. He is a former "Company" man and may have had something to do with the Internet turning into a sieve. But he has problems. People keep trying to kill him for his documents, the government has bought up a bunch of co ...more
Amy K.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I seem to have inadvertently purchased nothing but dystopian graphic novels the last time I went on a buying binge. Huh. Couldn't have anything to do with the current state of the world, I'm sure.

Seriously, this book is terrifying, largely because it's taking the existing "what-if"'s to their logical conclusion, and it's a dark day indeed when my abnormal paranoia about tech is certified by a story this seemingly bizarre but also totally believable.

Anyway, the art is awesome for the way it evok
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well now I know what millennial noir looks like. The villains are white supremacists, tech entrepreneurs and the surveillance state, yet somehow the hero is still grumpy old bloke in a trenchcoat. Got to wonder if this series would have been more interesting with Oona as the protagonist. In places the dialog gets so hard boiled they could have just skipped it as it's pure boilerplate. Then there are pages which give a look at a near future which are reminiscent of Transmetropolitan. Good effort, ...more
Paul Swanson
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The internet and its data-troves have become weaponized. Americans are being manipulated online by foreign powers. To fight back, hackers break the internet. Everyone is doxxed. Now only the young and reckless share private information online. Ledger-men courier private data in locked suitcases and are targets of espionage and violent robbery.
"A cyber-dystopian noir."
Cool premise. Great commentary. Witty. Humorous. Smart.
Love the writing. The art is fine.
Oh and some white supremacists get brut
Paul Allard
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

Original and exciting series with plenty of bloodshed- nicely written

The premise behind this series set in 2024 is that the “cloud” fails and everybody’s secrets are revealed. Jack and Ona are couriers now transporting papers - where secrets are kept. There’s a good deal of violent mayhem, mistrust and a body count. It’s well-written and the artwork is clear enough and varied.

I found this enjoyable and fun, leading indubitably to another volume. Recommended.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this up on a whim. I liked the cover and the blurb on the back. I'm glad I did.

This has a very Transmetropolitan vibe. From the world and the way it's drawn to the concept of a fucked-up exaggeration of a possible future.

I like the mashup of a detective noir story set in a weird retro-futuristic world where people either avoid the Internet completely or let the world see everything they're doing.

If any of the above appeals to you then check this book out.
Julio Ramírez
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
An expertly executed post-cyberpunk romp. The world building was interesting and the comedy mostly on point though it lacked tightness in the scenes transitions. Flashback starts and ends are indicated only by dialogue, requiring extra attention and some of the story beats get lost in the quick pace. Could have used an editor to better comunícate some points. Even so, the engaging characters, bold political swings and thrilling action sequences put it above most books on the shelf.
Cool premise. All Internet secrets have been revealed. There is no such thing as online privacy. The only way to hide information is to not put it on the web. This brings about the need for Ledger Men, couriers who transport paper documents from one place to another. Dangerous work. Good story. I think I'd like to keep reading this series.
Diana R.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was great and kept me interested from beginning to end.
I have to say that Jack's father was my favourite character (the man loves his meatballs) and the relation between Oona and Jack was just perfect.
The quotes at the end of each Issue were a good touch.
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