Join the Future #1
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Join the Future #1

Writer: Zack Kaplan Artist: Piotr Kowalski Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: March 4, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 12
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The Future. Ultra-modern megacities reward millions of their citizens with a completely funded life, with every need met, from food to housing and healthcare, in order to com-pete in an economic power struggle in which population is key.
But a few rural residents still cling to their independence in what last American small towns are left. When a nearby megacity pressures the people of a small town join up or else, a young teenage girl named Clem will learn how far she'll go to defend her prin-ciples.
Written by Zack Kaplan (LOST CITY EXPLORERS) with art from Piotr Kowalski (Port of Earth, Eclipse, Sex, Marvel Knights: Hulk, The Dar more

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Ricardo Denis Feb 14, 2020

    Join the Future is a comic in no rush to reveal all its cards. In its first issue, we get a compelling situation with several moving parts that are sure to result in some very interesting looks at what the future will be and whether its in our best interest to join it. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Feb 25, 2020

    In an explosive and utterly impressive first issue, Join the Future #1 proves that Aftershock Comics has an unmistakable hit on their hands with potential for real greatness. Do not miss this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Feb 10, 2020

    One of the strongest debut issues of 2020, Join the Future #1 is rich with timely ideas, which the creative team builds into a genre-fluid sci-fi western story of giving into societal forces. This is a very well-done book that easily merits picking up its second issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Feb 13, 2020

    'Join the Future' is another exciting sci-fi series from Zack Kaplan that blends genres, adds a new commentary to familiar themes and hooks the reader from page one. The book looks fantastic thanks to Kowalski and Simpson. It's definitely worth your time and money. You might as well put it on your pull-list now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Mar 9, 2020

    Subtle yet immense, political yet evenhanded, "Join the Future" threads the needle of expectations with a calculated hand. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 4, 2020

    Sometimes an opening installment really gets you. Join the Future is a familiar plot but the execution is so spot on that it got a bit of an extra bump in the grade. Kaplan's story takes the right time to unfold and explore the basics and then introduce the characters so we know the stakes and what the cast are up against. But it really is, at this moment, Piotr Kowalski's book. There's a lot of great detail to this book with the double-page spreads at the start and then the small town side of it with all the natural elements, I absolutely loved the look of the book and that helped to notch it up a bit further. I'm definitely curious to see what Kaplan goes with this based on his past works that I've read and reviewed as it should be a pretty fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez Mar 1, 2020

    Join The Future is not just a compelling and beautiful comic. It's also the kind of emotionally engaging and thought-provoking story that makes the best use of speculative fiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Mar 5, 2020

    In earnest this series finds itself broiled in cliches that are common within these dystopian epics. However, the fine craft of these creators manages to elevate the book beyond cliche with nuanced execution. It is definitely worth an investment, but looking to be into the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Mar 4, 2020

    There's still a lot of meat on the bone when it comes to this first issue, but that makes it a more promising debut in some ways. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Mar 4, 2020

    There isn't a lot of time spent on world building, because the readers need to become familiar with the concepts of Basic Income and its contrasts. Join the Future #1, does an excellent job of not just explaining but demonstrating the vision of the people who are not live the life but are willing to die for their beliefs, giving the Oregon Trail a run for its money. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Lauren Fernandes Apr 28, 2020

    Join the Future doesn't shine for its amazingly deep characters. It shines for its world development, for its fascinating concept of what the future of colonization might look like, what route environmentalism may take, and for casting a light on which values in a humble, technologically empty society are worth saving. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geek'd Out - Zee Huff Mar 4, 2020

    I haven't decided yet whether I want to join the future. There's a lot to like here, but it could've done so much more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    A7sus420 Mar 19, 2020

    I loved every second of this. The art is awesome. Can’t wait to see where we’re headed.

  • 10
    JHugh Feb 6, 2021

    Great story and artwork. Pacing and character introduction was done well.

  • 9.0
    Liem Duong Jul 6, 2020

    Woooo. Aftershock comes in banging. Kaplan and Kowalski introduces a world that shows two distinct lifestyles, a futuristic care-free Utopian haven and the rugged " old-ways " of primitive Western-style farmers and hunters, but there is a deeper more sinister secret between these two peoples. The contrast between these two life-styles complimented by the art from Kowalski as well as the pastel colors really displays the idea pitched very well. The Future vs the Past, Freedom vs. Luxury. The direction alone pulls people into this comic.

    And while this idea may have been done before, the writing and execution by Kaplan is superb to warrant a peek. Going through the routine of introducing the concepts, the world, the characters, Kap more

  • 7.5
    Rauld Mar 4, 2020

    The art is great and the pacing is good, the writer is a good storyteller, I just felt like there wasn’t much new to this story. Feels like a story that’s been done many times before. But if you love this type of story you’ll like it

  • 10
    Houston Mar 5, 2020

  • 9.5
    The Chosen One Mar 4, 2020

  • 9.5
    ComicBookMatt Mar 14, 2020

  • 9.0
    Wolf Warner Mar 8, 2020

  • 8.5
    StonexCutter Mar 15, 2020

  • 8.0
    Timon87 Mar 9, 2020

  • 7.5
    DeadManSoul Mar 5, 2020

  • 7.0
    Adsun22 Mar 6, 2020

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