December 9, 2015
Writter: Matt Hawkins
Art: Raffaele Lenco
Cover: Raffael Lenco
How would you go day to day if your mobile phone, tv, computer or even tablet just stopped working. Symmetry takes this idea and sends it into warp drive.
Symmetry in everyday language refers to a sense of harmonious, beautiful proportion and balance.
This is exactly how writer Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, The Tithe, Postal) wants to portray his Utopian society.
Hunger, sickness and even gender inequality are all long forgotten. Disease has been bred out of the human race.
Relationships are solely for the purpose of reproduction. Offspring are born gender neutral and assigned a RAINA (Responsive Artificial Intelligence Network Archetypes), these RAINA are with them 24/7 and responsible for every aspect of their lives, they are the surrogate parent to the child as they are permanently separated from the birth parents at age 3.
Everything from food requirements to teachings is done my RAINA and every single child is taught the same way and the same subjects. This is to stop the idea of Diversity, Individuality and Ambition. This helps to maintain Utopia and keep every single person happy and content.
So as I alluded to at the start of this little review what happens when all of these RAINA and other robotics just stop? Well we might just find out. Instead of the usual robots take over the world scenario we read and watch in most other books and film, Matt Hawkins has managed to flip that ideal on its head, it opens up a vast storytelling opportunities that are not regularly seen. We only scratch the surface and the final page has a very big hook baited just perfectly. Put together with artist Raffaele Ienco's (Epic Kill) artwork this story jumps off the page, the Dream Video splash page is stunning and easily my favorite page in this book. I am looking forward to seeing what comes next and what is going to happen to the Symmetry of this Utopia.
It gets a solid 4/5 from me and I have already added it to my pull list.