City: The Mind in the Machine #1

City: The Mind in the Machine #1

Writer: Eric Garcia Artist: Javier Fernandez Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: February 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
7.4Critic Rating
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New from Darby Pop! Ben Fischer helped build the world's greatest surveillance system, Golden Shield, which utilizes every camera, cell phone, and computer in San Francisco to battle crime. There is only one problem: Golden Shield can't work without a human mind to operate it, resulting in a controversial melding of man and machine. Writer Eric Garcia (Anonymous Rex, Matchstick Men) delivers an action-packed story that questions the roles of security and technology in our modern society.

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Eric Bridges Feb 11, 2014

    The artistry is fantastic. It is great and has the ability to move from each panel. There are some things that works and there are some things that work better. There is nothing that I can say but praise for this artist. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Jesse Scheckner Mar 19, 2014

    And sure, as I mentioned earlier, these themes have been explored before, but so what? If something is done once, should we just close the door forever on that subject? I think not. With this great first issue, City: The Mind in the Machine shows a ton of promise and, considering Garcias track record, we should expect great things to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 12, 2014

    While it takes the entire issue to get to the premise of this series, it does a good job of showing a world we can all see ourselves living in. Next issue will explore what this book is really about though, so as far as getting to the point you might want to skip this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 29, 2014

    Pop entertainment is strongest when it entertains as well as makes you think, and it looks like City: The Mind in the Machine will succeed in doing exactly that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 23, 2014

    Now this issue didn't knock my socks off, but that's probably my fault. I've been dreaming of this book for a while now and I'm already looking forward to several issues in the future because of the potential. That's not to say that this issue didn't live up to expectations because it did, but I almost wanted it to be a little longer or to have trimmed certain scenes down so that more of Ben with the computer eyeballs could have been shown. Even still I'll definite be back for the next issue and ones after that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Jan 29, 2014

    To be frank this comic is one that is in the situation of good story and serviceable artwork. Always remember, serviceable artwork isn't bad but ultimately it means that it's just okay. Story wise though City: The Mind in the Machine has potential and I'm easily game to see where Eric Garcia takes this story in the issues to come. City: The Mind in the Machine is on the right track, hopefully it stays on course. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 16, 2014

    Overall this was a solid first issue. Garcia set up the world and the characters and made me care about them and want to know what's going to happen next. The art didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story but didn't enhance it either. It did it's job as a first issue in making me want to come back for #2 and I'm hoping for some cool twists and turns as we go. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Eduardo Gueiros Feb 26, 2014

    This issue was an interesting introduction to a new series. The plot was built up nicely to setup up the series overarching story, and climaxed in an intriguing conclusion that the remaining issues will use as a foundation. The art, in turn, helped augment the tone of the story, and was able to vividly depict this darker version of San Francisco we encounter. However, despite the overall positive elements of the introductory chapter, there is still one glaring concern: the overarching idea behind the plot is fairly common. As a result, how Garcia chooses to represent this oft-used concept will be extremely influential in the series success. For now though, I will give him the benefit of the doubt until we have a larger sample size. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - MJ Feuerborn Feb 2, 2014

    Garcia can be brilliant with this book. The concept insists that beneath the cardboard cut-out characters and relationships hes placed his story on. Perhaps in future issues, well be seeing those possibilities come into focus. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Blair Stevenson Feb 11, 2014

    Where this issue falters slightly is in the dialogue and artwork. The artwork, especially in scenes based outside, can often look glossy with suits and skin shinning like a polished kitchen worktop. The dialogue on the whole is acceptable but not great, but the lad chat is cringeworthy at times, with the worst being you need to get your swagger on! and computers cant give you a hug, man! or a hummer! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ra'Chaun Rogers Feb 25, 2014

    I enjoyed the art in this book, it wasn't trying to be too experimental, too high-end or too sparse. It takes little risk in layout and even the digitized POV used at the end of the book could look strange, but doesn't. As for the series, I'm looking forward to seeing how Ben's decision affects his finances, his popularity and ultimately his existence as the city's new protector. Read Full Review

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