Arcadia #1

Arcadia #1

Writer: Alex Paknadel Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: May 6, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 11
8.4Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

What's to Love: Our long tradition of breaking new talent-like Rafael Albuquerque (The Savage Brothers, American Vampire), Emma Rios (Hexed, Pretty Deadly), and Declan Shalvey (28 Days Later, Moon Knight)-continues with the debut of Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer, two new creators whose extensive world-building in the sci-fi thriller Arcadia evokes comparisons to epics like Game of Thrones, The Matrix, and Astro City.

What It Is: When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are "saved" by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud. But when Arcadia begins to rapidly deplete the energy resources upon which the handful of survivors in the real world (aka "The Meat") depends, how long will The Meat be able-and willing-to help? Featuring the first of five connecting covers by Matt Taylor.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle May 6, 2015

    As debuts go, its mightily impressive stuff, and the creative team deserve enormous credit for setting such a high bar on their freshman outing. Im sure well be hearing a lot more from these folks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler May 6, 2015

    A good story lingers on your mind after you've finished and stirs up feelings of empathy for the characters.When you find yourself wondering what you would have done in the shoes' of people facedwith bleak futures, the storyteller has clearly been effective. Arcadia has captured my imagination and left me intensely curious about where this story will lead next. It succeeds as a fun remix of several sci-fi genres and the creative team is clearly united in breaking traditional tropes to unveil something exceptional. I loved every minute of this debut issue and I know that anyone who enjoys ‘post-apocalyptic' science fiction will as well. Add this series to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Mike Logsdon May 7, 2015

    Arcadia #1 is a story full of interesting philosophical questions, great characters, and a fun sci-fi plot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comix I Read - Tyler Omichinski May 5, 2015

    If you at all like transhumanism or the thought experiments that we can have over different blends and types of futurism, this is a great read for you. Even if you don't, it is still a great comic and I'm very excited to see where it goes. If you specifically dislike the post-apocalyptic uploading brains to computers vibe that's going on here, then it is worth avoiding for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell May 6, 2015

    Paknadel definitely pulled out a lot of stops for this first issue and let me tell you, it worked. It's going to be hard to read Arcadia and not be hooked on the series. It shocks you with the creative technological flair and then hits you with some emotionally stimulating material. This is a well-rounded comic and a must have for any sci-fi fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed May 6, 2015

    The hardest part about recommending this book is trying to convey what genre it is. It's a cyber/political/apocalyptic/1% drama. But none of that matters anyway, the book is good, and fans of comics or sci-fi or literature should enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Overmental - Andrew Tran May 6, 2015

    The first issue sets the ground rules of the current situation effortlessly, without need for too much obviously-expositional dialogue, and brings some of the more bizarre implications of a virtual reality to the forefront immediately. It ends with tensions strung high between the virtual and real worlds, one left to rot in immortality in the uncanny valley while the latter rots from the ravages of a disease. And we also see a glimpse of our series' villain, a demon-shaped entity in Arcadia called only the Oxbow code, the implications of which, if you google the term, are downright awesome. Really, Arcadia is nothing short of intriguing so far, and there's little reason not to delve into the series if you're at all into meaningful thought experiments of the near-or-so future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall May 13, 2015

    This grabbed me right away. A little bit of The Matrix, but not really. On the very surface we get a Matrix similarity, but these people KNOW they're in a simulation and the rules of reality in Arcadia are mutable. It was fascinating to see how Paknadel and Pfeiffer played with this over the course of the story. And then there was the parallel story going on in “The Meat” (what they call the world with the surviving humans). Where will the story go? I have no idea! That is so refreshing in a world of comics where I can predict roughly how many comics are going to end once I see the initial story setup. Part of the curse of reading so many comics, I suppose. The cure is to seek out unique creative visions and I seem to have hit pay dirt here. Seeing the two worlds interact was what I enjoyed most in this issue and I look forward to being surprised as the story plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geek Sushi - Kayleigh Robertson May 6, 2015

    I hope that the creators of Arcadia can weave all the interconnecting stories together into a cohesive saga. If they succeed this will be an absolutely captivating story. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples May 12, 2015

    A smart, confident science fiction debut of a new series that is well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline May 6, 2015

    If you liked the Descender debut and are looking for something that takes the next step, or if you're just into intelligent, querying science fiction, thenArcadia #1 is the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jim Taylor Apr 30, 2015

    Wildly inventive science fiction that satisfies on both a cerebral and emotional level. A fascinating start to a very promising series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 6, 2015

    "Arcadia" #1 introduces a pair of very different environments, but similar in the regard that neither is a place anyone would want to be a part of. It's a somber but engaging first issue that examines our own world's social ills in unusual ways, with a script that throws in some surprises combined with some darkly fascinating art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer May 6, 2015

    Within Arcadia, this first issue starts to tread into psychological horror. Arcadia is hell that looks like heaven. It is the bindings of ultimate freedom. And it is a world where anything is possible yet we still squabble and play politics and resent each other. Arcadia is a kind of fun house mirror that I anticipate will only become more reflective as the series progresses.Calling “Arcadia” existential would be the understatement of the century. Like the simulation itself, the book is an incredibly dark comment on humanity disguised as a thrilling sci-fi adventure. It is a path I encourage you to go down, but one you should not take lightly. I found “Arcadia” to be deeply disturbing, and I can't wait to go back in for another taste. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth May 6, 2015

    There’s some missteps but ultimately, readers should be able to forgive them simply because Arcadia tries really hard to throw us into something big and bold and, for the most part, succeeds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig May 6, 2015

    I haven't been truly intrigued by a comic in a while. I am interested to see where Paknadel takes us on this ride. So far, so good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi May 7, 2015

    Sci-fi seems to be a fad nowadays, and this book plays right into the hands of what the people want to see. I’m not going to tell you to drop everything and go pick up this book, but if you have some free time, go for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills May 6, 2015

    Have you checked out Arcadia #1? Do you need to discuss your sudden crisis in the comments with us? Let us know what you think of this new series from Boom Studios! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo May 6, 2015

    Go bug your local comic book store for Arcadia #01. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 11, 2015

    A solid start to a series from exciting new creators. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geekality - Thanos T. Theodoropoulos May 9, 2015

    Arcadia is an ambitious story. Paknadel and Pfeiffer created a whole world in the span of one issue and what a world With lots of interesting ideas laid out in the first issue, Paknadel challenges us to think about our own society. I predict that Arcadia will soar to greater heights as the issues keep coming. A Very Good first issue that deserved at least a rating of 7/10. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen May 5, 2015

    There was a lot going on in Arcadia‘s first issue, but it never bogs down the reading experience. With comics being so popular and accessible now, the one hard thing to find is a fresh idea. Arcadia feels like a concept that isn't used too often and these creators found a really interesting way to spin it. When you read comics for a while you realize one should never judge a series by its first issue. Sometimes when you are reading issues monthly you lose track of the big picture, which is the story. Arcadia feels like one of those series that will grow with each issue and will work even better when read in large chunks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Slayer666 May 13, 2015

    This is really impressive. Very different from anything out now. Very intriguing. Especially me being an IT nerd, there's some cool stuff here. Yes, it's a bit slow but some really good world building. Excellent first issue. I'm sold.

  • 8.5
    Indiefocused Jun 3, 2015

    A decent first issue. However it jumped around too much for a first issue, making it hard for the reader to connect with the characters. The themes and plot are intriguing. The artwork is good.

  • 8.0
    Cosmic Ray May 6, 2015

    Intriguing story and concept. A bit slower reveal would have upped the presentation. Art continuity and clarity can use improvement.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo May 12, 2015

    Excellent idea! The executions is decent, it's a little heavy on the words yet still just barely explains what is going on. The art is pretty decent, it is similar in style to Sean Murphy. At one point there is a double spread page, but I didn't realize it until I had read the first page entirely. I'm sure Pfeiffer is only going to get better as he moves forward from here though.

  • 5.0
    JBL Reviews May 9, 2015

    Couldn't get into it

  • 5.0
    Educated Reader May 21, 2015

    The debut issue of Arcadia was too fast-paced and all over the place in terms of sequence. There was nothing really new or groundbreaking here. Just okay.

  • 9.0
    MarkMiller May 11, 2015

  • 8.5
    Juanpk26 May 6, 2015

  • 8.5
    snilan Jun 18, 2015

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas May 10, 2015

  • 6.5
    deJAYneration X May 9, 2015

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