Lonely Receiver #1
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Lonely Receiver #1

Writer: Zac Thompson Artist: Jen Hickman Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: September 2, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 9
8.7Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

Catrin Vander, a lonely video producer, buys an Artificial Intelligence partner that's meant to bond for life. After ten years together, her holographic wife suddenly discon-nects without a warning. The breakup drives Catrin to the point of near insanity. She's alone for the first time in years and reeling from a loss she can't comprehend.

Set in the new future, drenched in pastels and sunshine, LONELY RECEIVER is a horror/breakup story in five parts. Written by Zac Thompson (UNDONE BY BLOOD, THE REPLACER, HER INFERNAL DESCENT, No One's Rose, X-Men) and illustrated in color by Jen Hickman (MOTH & WHISPER, Test).

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  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Jacob Cordas Sep 2, 2020

    Everything about this book works. Every creative choice is the right one. Every word and line perfectly placed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Sep 3, 2020

    For a book of many influences, Thompson manages to keep things fresh even going as far as to add hooks for future issues. A well written, observed slice of love from two distinct polar opposites. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Sep 3, 2020

    Lonely Receiver #1 delivers an introspective and futuristic look at the consequences of artificially constructed yet genuine love, giving readers a beautifully thought provoking story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 3, 2020

    I have some pretty high expectations for this series because this is a concept that I like a lot and it has two really strong talents working on it. Thompson knows how to write a good verbose script and dialogue it which he's done here in setting the foundations. Hickman's an incredibly talented artist that can really work some great layout ideas and simply excels when it comes to character designs with how she brings them to life. The pairing is ideal, the material is spot on, and all the potential is there. This is one series I'm very excited for that starts off just right for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Sep 4, 2020

    Lonely Receiver #1 from Zac Thompson & Jen Hickman turns a break-up into a sci-fi horror exploring identity, ownership, & monogamy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Sep 2, 2020

    As I said at the beginning, I have been lucky enough to preview the first three issues of this series and I can honestly say that while I was blown away by this first one, it just gets better and better and you really do not want to miss this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Kate Kowalksi Aug 31, 2020

    We are diving ever deeper into a world where intimacy is redefined by the technology we create. The ways we connect will continue to evolve. But not only that, who and what we connect with will also change. Lonely Receiver explores this possibility, showing us a strange alternate reality that we edge closer to inhabiting ourselves. But ultimately it shows us that while the field and players may change, the rules of love and heartbreak seem to stay the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Tanner Dedmon Sep 2, 2020

    The body horror parts of Lonely Receiver are subtle but effective in taking this love story in a new direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 18, 2020

    While everyone is cooped up inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lonely Receiver is a very relevant and chilling examination with our obsession and relationship with technology. I have many questions and I'm unsure about some parts of the book, but I am very entertained. I'll definitely be back for more of this unsettling story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Sep 7, 2020

    Weird, sexy, and provocative, "Lonely Receiver" #1 brings up powerful questions of intimacy and autonomy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Sep 5, 2020

    'Lonely Receiver' #1 shows us a future that is supposed to make love more convenient and infallible. But like the early days of Apple Maps, the Life-Partner-Operating-System can also lead you to end up in a ditch. If break-ups with real people can be traumatic imagine being ghosted by your A.I. partner after 10 years? Thompson and company have invented a new genre, the modern romantic horror story, and it's frighteningly relatable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Sep 1, 2020

    There are some incredibly creative concepts on show here, Zac Thompson feels like he has an important message to tell about humanities unhealthy relationship with technology and using a literal relationship with technology is an inspired way to look at it. It's still incredibly early days for the comic and it's difficult to tell where the series will go from here. Jen Hickman does an amazing job with the art, bringing these fantastical elements to life and managing to portray an adult relationship incredibly well. Read Full Review

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