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Self/Made #1-4 (Image Comics)

Writer: Matthew Groom
Artist: Eduardo Ferigato
Colors: Marcelo Costa
Lettering: Troy Peteri
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: December 5, 2018

Fans of Westworld and speculative fiction will devour Self/Made. 

 

Self/Made Blurs the Line Between Virtual and Reality 

 

Story

Image Comics’ Self/Made tells the story of a warrior named Amala. Though kind and considerate to others, she is an opponent worthy of fear. Time seems to repeat itself for her and she must learn the truth. Amala’s world changes forever upon learning a bitter truth: she’s an NPC in a video game called Arcadia.

Rebecca, Amala’s creator, is in hot water. Her attempt to shift the company to uncharted waters has backfired. Amala is going completely against her role. She must correct this error or risk losing everything she’s worked for. 

Writing

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Self/Made #4 Cover

Writer Matthew Groom creates a story that balances social commentary and sci-fi, though his focus seems to be the darker side of humanity. The worlds Amala sees are a twisted reflection of Rebecca’s real life. However, there is one thing Rebecca does not experience: racism.

Ironically, the social issues presented plague our reality. Women are not taken seriously as gamers, or sexualized. Gamers of color are subject to real and virtual world racism. Sexism is no stranger in various workplaces and beyond. Groom’s storytelling reflects the ugliness of humanity on itself.

I believe Rebecca longs for something far beyond product quality and sales. Sure, she wants to reach new heights at work, but there’s much more than that. She spends her workdays with powerful men who don’t respect her. Perhaps more accurately, they are threatened by her skills. The effects of patriarchy plague Rebecca’s world, so she creates Amala.

On one hand, Amala is simply a code deviant. Amala demands answers to questions she shouldn’t be asking. She has far too tight of a grasp on human emotions. On the other, Rebecca may have tapped into something bigger. This is best reflected in Issue #4 as the story goes in a new direction.

Almost as violent and jarring, Self/Made reminds me of Westworld. Its feminist tone, dramatic parallels, and twists are nearly as potent as well. Fans of speculative fiction will enjoy Groom’s tale.

Art

The art provided by Eduardo Ferigato keeps Self/Made engaging. As the story jumps between virtual and reality, Ferigato shows impressive range. Creators Ferigato and Groom make a solid team and I foresee critical success. 

Conclusion

Image Comics does it again with another awesome title. Self/Made feels like a journey into oneself and the world around us. These four issues pack psychological twists, biting social commentary, and more. Self/Made takes an often used plot but brings originality in tow.

The journey of Rebecca and Amala leaves plenty of room for growth. Fans of Reborn, Westworld, and sci-fi will love Self/Made. Issue #1 hits stores December 5th with a long and exciting road ahead. I’m looking forward to much more from this title.


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