By Ezra Clayton Daniels. Published by Lion Forge.
Softcover, 272 pages, Colour, 2018.
If you could transform your body and mind into the perfect version of you, who would you be? WHAT would you be?
For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones? In Upgrade Soul, McDuffie Award–winning creator Ezra Claytan Daniels asks probing questions about what shapes our identity—Is it the capability of our minds or the physicality of our bodies? Is a newer, better version of yourself still you?
“It’s truly one of the best comics of the year, full of incredible depth of characterization, unexpected turns, difficult resolutions, and broad themes dealt with using pinpoint precision. It’s one of the rare works that yields deeper meaning each time it’s revisited, and where not a single panel of narrative is wasted: each development furthers a promise made to the reader that we are in the hands of a creator who is taking the questions he asks seriously.”
–The Comics Journal
“A dazzling, disturbing piece of science fiction that examines aging, family, and science gone wrong. It’ll grip you from the first page on.”
— Heidi MacDonald, The Beat