In a Vancouver of the future painted with ultramodern decay, a groundbreaking advancement in technology promises an end to entropy itself.
But when an attack on this mysterious “Keeper Program” threatens the lives of everyone tied to it, retired Police Detective Bennie Strikman is called to investigate one last case.
Eisner-winning and Harvey-nominated writer and director Darcy Van Poelgeest (Little Bird) is joined by rising star artist Caio Filipe (Stranger Things: Tales From Hawkins) for this timely and thought-provoking look into the human condition, set in a dystopia that’s as grounded as it is metaphysical.
AIPTSo, despite being basically a collection of crime noir tropes set in a sci-fi future, Lotus Land #1 works really well. The pieces of the mystery revealed – without any kind of definite answers – provide the necessary intrigue. And the motivations of the main character bring the personal touch. With quality art and pacing, Lotus Land #1 is a solid start to this series.
ComicBook.comBoom's latest cyberpunk noir story, Lotus Land, creates a fantastic setting for what is looking to be an emotional story with shades of Blade Runner. All is not laid out to bare in this premiere issue focusing on former gumshoe Bennie Strikman. The first issue revolves around Strikman being pulled out of retirement to crack the case of someone attacking a computer program known as the Keeper Program, which is gluing society together. Poelgeest and Filipe might not make a perfect first issue, but its a very solid one that has me itching to see where the cyberpunk noir story goes next. Boom's always had a solid streak when it comes to exploring new worlds that might not make the cut at other publishers and Lotus Land is a prime example.
Major SpoilersLotus Land #1 pulls us into this bleak future world where we can’t help but sympathize with Strikman and then wonder how and why his son is connected to the Keeper Program.
Graphic PolicyLotus Land #1 is a standard detective story. It’s entertaining enough and we’ll see where it goes and if it’ll stand out. It teases potential and interesting aspects. But, overall, it’s a noir detective story set in a dystopian future, a story we’ve seen many times before.
Comic Book RevolutionLotus Land #1 is a very good start to the cyberpunk world Darcy Van Poelgeest and Caio Filipe introduce us to. The environmental storytelling is as good as the character interactions. It all comes together to leave you wanting to find out what happens next.
Capes & TightsLotus Land #1 is an excellent debut that explores complex themes while managing to keep the action and intrigue at its forefront. Darcy Van Poelgeest’s writing and Caio Filipe’s artwork mesh together perfectly, delivering a unique comic book experience. The story is timely, thought-provoking, and asks big questions about the human condition.
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