Friendo #1
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Friendo #1

Writer: Alex Paknadel Artist: Martin Simmonds Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: September 26, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 6
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Leo wasn't allowed toys as a kid, but now that he's all grown up he's going to take yours. He used to play by the rules, but then governments and corporations set fire to the rules and still expected him to behave. He probably would have if it hadn't been for his new friend Jerry. See, Jerry isn't human; he's a personalised marketing VR... and he's malfunctioning. Unhinged ultraviolence from Alex Paknadel (Arcadia) and Martin Simmonds (Punks Not Dead).

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Christa Harader Aug 19, 2018

    Friendo #1 runs fast, fun and slick - everything a not-too-distant L.A. future promises. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Oct 14, 2018

    Friendo shows that in todays day and age, you are never really alone. Not with a Friendo, anyways. A story rooted in todays tech accomplishments with a hint of intrigue and danger; I highly recommend giving this first issue a shot. I know I will be back for the sophomore issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Sep 26, 2018

    This story of a humanoid manifestation of the internet is fully immersive and a cunning take on the excesses of social media. Friendo, like your Smartphone has everything you need. TREAT YOURSELF. There's nothing to worry about. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 17, 2018

    This is only the start of Friendo, and we get the feeling that the relationship between leo and Jerry is going to be fascinating to dive into. If Jerry is an A.I. gone wrong, what kind of dastardly plans will Leo become embroiled in? Will he use Jerry to make his life better or to wreak havoc on the consumer-centric world? Safe to say, we're very excited to see where this story goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Aug 20, 2018

    Friendo is a solid debut comic rooted in smart extrapolations of ongoing societal concerns. This is a book that gives itself so many intriguing possibilities to play with as it moves forward. The rate of ideas here is almost staggering, and Im excited to see where the creative team ultimately takes it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Sep 28, 2018

    Friendo has a thoroughbred in the race when it comes to contemporary speculative fiction of the 'Shortly Realized Unless Steps Are Taken' futurist category. What sets it apart from other similar smart books is the spirit with which it aims both barrels at our world of reality programming and manufactured media to pose the question, "Have we truly come to this?" Then having the hubris to answer by offering an online poll festooned with pop-up ads and clickbait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney Sep 10, 2018

    Gorgeous. Funny. Thought-Provoking. Friendo is an incredibly multi-layered book that's readability is only surpassed by its re-readability. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Dexter Buschetelli Oct 1, 2018

    This book is an interesting, though somewhat pass, idea; but its execution leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully, it will pick up as it continues its run but as a first issue, "Friendo" fails to stick the landing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 25, 2018

    There may be a lot of potential in what Paknadel and Simmonds are doing here, but the decompression of the script leaves this debut feeling glitchy at best. Read Full Review

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