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Relay Vol. 1: Reality Denied

(Relay #1-5)

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A perfect future of intergalactic travel and community. Every newly discovered planet is unified culturally through a monolithic structure known as the Galactic Relay. Although the towering monument is meant to inspire conformity of ideas, technology, and progress - many resent the foreign structure. Jad Carter, a Relay employee, must keep the peace and act as an emissary ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Aftershock Comics
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Chad
Oct 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
This is the kind of high concept science fiction that bores me to tears. It's more philosophy discussion than science fiction about a society that forces the Relay on other civilizations forcing them into the same mono-culture wiping out their own uniqueness. Then there's the concept of meeting your maker and finding out he's just a man, as fallible as any other person. It's the kind of sci-fi that's been done many times before. I was quickly wore down by how wordy this was, taking entire issues ...more
Dawie
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Sorry, not for me at all.
Theediscerning
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, if you're going to riff off science fiction that's come before, riff off the best. Here is a giant black monolith that creates a set evolution for the society it lands in. Yup, 2001. But it is all over the universe, and acting almost perniciously, malevolently, in cancelling out every planet's future in charge of its own. So art and culture die out for a sort of mono-culture, and every civilisation progresses along set, standard, predictable lines. Yup, 2001 meets Foundation. But what of ...more
Wayne McCoy
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Relay Vol. 1: by Zac Thompson and Donny Cates with art by Andy clarke and Ryan Bodenheim is a graphic novel with kind of a hard science fiction premise.

The graphic novel starts with a monolith known as the Galactic Relay arriving on a planet and a man named Hank Donaldson who is sent to colonize and homogenize worlds. A man named Jad Carter is an employee of Relay and his job is to quell dissension. He becomes curious about his job, his world, and who Hank Donaldson is. This sends him on a
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Dominic
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Relay, a new science fiction comic series from Aftershock Comics, is both refreshingly original and frustratingly opaque. The story is set far in the future. In accord with the dominant religion, humans invite a giant device known as a "relay" onto each planet they have colonized. The relays guide human evolution, speeding up the process of civilization, but also impose uniformity. The main character, Jad, begins as a true believer, but ultimately starts to wonder about the true purpose of the ...more
Alex Sarll
2001 redone as a heavy-handed colonialism allegory, with the first issue (yes, Issue Zero, whatever) in particular reading like it's been translated from one of those very portentous Euro-SF comics. But, like them, it is extremely pretty in places, with its visions of gigantic monoliths looming over the cities of the galaxy, like a version of Ellis and Howard's Trees where the monumental invaders actually give a toss about the tiny creatures at their feet, even if that isn't necessarily such a ...more
Splatter Geist
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I flew through this first arc before reality set in and I realized that was it. Done. Finished. No more, son. I think I’m going to wait for an entire series to finish so that I can binge read it (like I do with novels) because man, I hate it when you’re just getting into the depth of something and it ends way sooner than you’d like.

That’s not to say the ending was “short-lived”. I’m happy it ended when it did, otherwise I wouldn’t get my other reviews done.

RELAY is a hard-hitting science fiction
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TC
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this thing called the Relay spreads from world to world, teaching people its own version of interstellar history. A Monolith goes up on a world and the Monolith issues edicts. Its followers believe the edicts and kill unbelievers as they spread the Relay to new worlds.

As told by the Relay, the story is that a fellow named Donaldson was like the interstellar Johnny Appleseed, going from world to world and teaching people how to grow crops and build dams and create sustainable ecosystems. The
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Xerxes
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What if Humanity was nothing more than a gigantic experiment made true by a giant monolith?

What if Humanity itself was....a creation of its own evils?

What if Humanity was deep down, never the morally good race as we like to depict ourselves, but as the violent human beings that became corrupted after the Gods left us? Ra broke with humanity, Vishnu reincarnated ten times onto this earth to defeat earth, before in Kal-Yug. Were the Gods aliens? Or who were the aliens in the relay?

What drives
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Ann
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In a far-flung future, in a universe united culturally by the ‘Galactic Relay’. But the Relay has secrets, and some of those, when revealed, burn.

Honestly, I found this story intriguing, but very confusing. The idea of a universe forcibly united by a monolithic structure is dystopian to my mind, and while the story of delving into what lies behind the Relay was intriguing, I’m
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Jake
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's not often you see a sci-fi story that goes into how the current world is starting to look. Okay maybe you do, but that is exactly why series like these exist. You have this monolith trying to assimilate everything into a singular culture; all the while trying to erase anything that this new culture doesn't agree with. Everything it can't erase, it just leaves to die or hides from view. Truths are something very important to anyone. The problem is that the truth can be manipulated into ...more
Eric
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Relay at once straddles the fine line between homage and plagiarism, and creates a novel universe with a compelling, contemplative, and complex story. The Relay is an often misunderstood hyperobject, hellbent on bending reality and assimilating the universe. Think the Borg in 2001, with Plantery guides written by Asimov, Bester, Dick, Herbert, LeGuin, et al., on a micro-dose of mushrooms. Great art, with stunning visuals and slightly off coloring (in a good way) provide the cherry on top. I’ll ...more
Eric
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Relay at once straddles the fine line between homage and plagiarism, and creates a novel universe with a compelling, contemplative, and complex story. The Relay is an often misunderstood hyperobject, hellbent on bending reality and assimilating the universe. Think the Borg in 2001, with Plantery guides written by Asimov, Bester, Dick, Herbert, LeGuin, et al., on a micro-dose of mushrooms. Great art, with stunning visuals and slightly off coloring (in a good way) provide the cherry on top. I’ll ...more
ThomyZ
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love the art style, especially of the first three chapters, but the story itself is just too much pseudo-philosophical mumbo jumbo and warmed-up dystopian sci-fi clichés to enjoy. The dialogue is pretty terrible throughout, nobody in this books sounds even remotely like a normal person.

I'm gonna check out Donny Cates' work to see if he has lent his drawing talent to better stories; other than that, this is a pass for me.
Josh
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Attractive art accompanies a familiar sci-fi plot. Nothing groundbreaking here, but Relay is a fun ride for sci-fi fans.
Sykas
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found it had an interesting idea and artwork was pretty nice two but I did struggle with most the text It would have been better if it6 was way easier to understand.
J.D. DeHart
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Science fiction meets graphic novel with very good results. I would recommend this title for lovers of this medium and genre.
Zac Thompson
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Zac Thompson is a writer born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Canada. He's written titles like Marvelous X-Men, Cable, and X-Men: Black for Marvel Comics. Along with indie books such as Her Infernal Descent, Relay, and The Replacer.

In 2019, Zac became the showrunner of the Age of X-Man universe at Marvel Comics. His critically acclaimed miniseries, Come Into Me, was called the best horror
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