About The Surrogates Owner’s Manual: Special Hardcover Ed Volume 1 & Volume 2
The year is 2054, and life has been reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the surrogate, a new technology that lets users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. It’s a perfect world, and it’s up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford of the Metro Police Department to keep it that way. But to do so they’ll need to stop a techno-terrorist bent on returning society to a time when people lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them. Welcome to The Surrogates, a daring, five-issue, full-color miniseries from Top Shelf Productions.
First released ten years ago, when social media was in its infancy, The Surrogates anticipated numerous trends that have emerged with with the ever increasing confluence of technology and social interaction. Nowhere is this more evident than in its exploration of identity, remote interaction, and the masks we hide behind. Now is the time to discover—or rediscover—this ground-breaking modern classic; it’s never been more relevent.
This sleek hardcover edition features both the original graphic novel, The Surrogates, and its prequel, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone:
In a dark, downtown alley in Central Georgia Metropolis, a juvenile prank goes too far, and a homeless man is killed. When the ensuing investigation reveals that the attackers aren’t who they appeared to be, justice depends on the testimony of a single missing witness — a street snitch with a history of providing information to a cop named Harvey Greer. Harvey is placed on special assignment to track down the informant, but others have their own designs, including a wealthy socialite and an ex-con turned religious leader known to his followers as The Prophet. As days pass and anger among the anti-surrogate population grows, the city stands on a razor’s edge. Will punishment be exacted in a courtroom or on the streets?
Set fifteen years prior to the events of the original graphic novel, Flesh & Bone sheds light on the past that binds the characters together. From the streets of Central Georgia Metropolis to the boardroom of Virtual Self, Inc., Flesh & Bone takes us on a journey through a city struggling to come to grips with its present. Not only a suspenseful thriller but also a cautionary tale, this book reminds us that tomorrow will be determined by the choices we make today.