Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blood and Oil


Penny Arcade has got a new run on Automata, their alternate Asimovian New York setting, going from last Friday up to next Monday: Blood and Oil. It's a guest piece, written and drawn respectively by Gary Whitta and Ben Caldwell.

I'm personally very glad the guys chose to give Automata another shot, even if they're outsourcing the actual work to a guest duo. The idea of a Prohibition-era Noir set in a world where sentient robots were outlawed instead of alcohol is downright bizarre – and I mean this as sincere appraisal.

The original Automata run started as a one-page "concept comic", which was later given continuation into a more complete serial. Reading it isn't really necessary to understand Blood and Oil – but I certainly recommend you do.

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