Smart guy-on-guy sci-fi.
Listed by The Advocate as one of the Top 5 LGBT Graphic Novels of 2013. Lambda Literary Award Finalist 2014.
Deacon, a prototype android soldier, was ordered by his corporate masters to eliminate a team of scientists who knew too much and he has failed spectacularly. Not only did he let one of his targets live — 19-year-old human outcast, Jeff Linnell — he attacked the team sent to retrieve him. Now the Corporation demands answers and they have employed the brilliant and ruthless robopsychologist Clarice Maven to get them.
Deacon seems desperate to conceal the shocking events that took place on Da Vinci 4, but what chance does he have fighting an adversary who can control his every move?
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Essentially an intimate look into Deacon’s therapy sessions, with the mission’s events told in flashback, the narrative grips the reader from the first panel to the last, treating the audience to a moving rumination on love, free will, sexuality, and the question of whether a machine can feel. Woolfson and Nelson cover this familiar territory with fresh eyes, bolstered by solid artwork; it’s an emotional winner that deserves notice.
– Publishers Weekly
Originally published as a serial webcomic, Artifice is a full-color graphic novel that tells a cyberpunk same-sex love story… Although Artifice is for mature audiences only, its violent and sexual content is directly in service to a thought-provoking science fiction story that will keep the reader fascinated to the final page. Bonus pages offering the creators’ responses to reader questions about the story, a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse into the making of Artifice, and tongue-in-cheek question-and-answer segments from the Corporation’s perspective (“Together, we truly can manufacture a brighter tomorrow!”) round out this striking, vivid, and memorable graphic novel.
– Midwest Book Review
Gorgeous artwork at home with a fascinating story. It has a million red flags of cliché, but contains none. It is wholly unique, a fabulously built universe, and features an absorbing main character.
– Fandom Matters
About the Author
Alex Woolfson is the author of Artifice, a full-color science-fiction graphic novel, and the creator of Yaoi 911 Webcomics, a free website featuring comics with gay male action heroes in stories that are intended for both women and men to enjoy. He lives and works as a filmmaker in the Bay Area.