The City #1: The Eyes, a Camera, and the Myth of Security

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by Lady Victoria Irwin
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The City, the new comic from writer Eric Garcia and IDW press focuses on the length that a society will go to prevent the threat of crime and terrorism. The story focuses on Ben, a computer programer tasked with working on the Golden Shield program. The program is a series of smart cameras and crime detecting software that immediately send in the proper authorities when crime is detected. While it is intended to call the proper figures to stop terrorist attacks, a test run catches only children playing cops and robbers. Distraught,  the creator, Ben forgoes a night out with friends to work on code and figure out where Project Golden Shield went wrong. As he rides the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system home, a terrorist plot blows up the light rail car he is in. Ben is awoken to blindness and a voice asking him if he’d like to have his vision saved. In a haze, Ben agrees to an experiment that connects his eyes and his brain to more of the city than he could have dreamed.

City 1 coverThe City’s writer, Eric Garcia, is probably best known for his novels, including Casual Rex, Anonymous Rex and Cassandra French’s Finishing School for Boys. His book The Repossession Mambo because the film Repo Men, and may of the elements from the book and film are found throughout the story. The idea of being held captive by a corporation for his eyes is something that we’ve seen on film, and is now further explored in the comic book.

Javier Fernandez keeps the drawings realistic, blending machine and human being to make Ben look both otherworldly and still mostly human. The sheer amount of time it must have taken to draw the individual cameras and images of the city of San Francisco must have been staggering. All are carefully done, and the areas are recognizable as the city. Mark Englebert gives a good blend of machine-like grays, blues and silvers to the colorful backdrop of San Francisco.

I is enjoyable, although we have seen the premise from Eric Garcia before. This series promises to keep the reader’s attention, if only with the concept that someone or something is watching us from Homeland Security.

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