Seeing Through A Single Eye

I would be remiss if I didn’t bring Archaia’s Cyclops to your attention. As the tagline says, it’s brought to you by the creative team of ‘The Killer’, but although I heard good things about series I missed it. So the team of Matz and Luc Jacamon is new for me.

The premise of the story is that a successful young man finds it surprisingly difficult to get a job, and gets hired by the first successful company to tender for international peace-keeping services. The company subsidises its services by providing a nearly real-time video feed of the action to all the networks interested worldwide. As you can imagine, the ever-hungry for the next sensation networks lap it up.

Combining elements of Big Brother, Blackwater, I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here and general war machine politics, for the first couple of issues, the central character seemed to have little in the way of personality. Made into an overnight media celebrity on his first mission, Doug Pistoia is your average over-achieving straight-A guy we all know and possibly loathe. I thought this was a failing at first, but with this months issue, where he starts to question his good fortune, we realise how the new media darling may just have got in a little too deep. Now we shall see what the measure of the man is.

This eight issue mini has the potential to achieve great things, and I look forward to Matz’ interpretation of the media and the war machine in a world that even for the most unimaginative of us, does not seem all that far away.

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Darren Burr

A devoted follower of the comics industry and their characters since a child, Darren now plays in many media but always returns to characters in skin-tight costumes beating each other up on the page. Radio host, blogger, fanfic author and producer of You Tube content, Darren idles away his days until his digital conquest of the world is complete.

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