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BO’s Westworld is the breakout hit of the Fall TV season. It has been a project long in the works, a long form story, reworked and reimagined from the Westworld movie and book by Michael Crichton, the writer of Jurassic Park. Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Ed Brubaker, and a ton of other geek-related creative talent is attached to the show. So if you’re a fan of the show, a fan of the talent involved, or are just looking for new reading material, we have you covered. Here is Geek.com’s list of five comic books for fans of Westworld.
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One of the best, and most underrated, series of the past few years, writer Ales Kot, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Clayton Cowles created something truly unique at Image Comics. An 18 issue epic, spanning decades, Zero utilized a different artist for every issue, always changing to fit the tone of the story. A master class in comic book storytelling, Zero is the story of Edward Zero, an orphan trained to be an assassin by the government. Eventually turning on his agency, he deals with the cycles of abuse/violence, deception, and the struggle for identity and autonomy. The series has been collected in three trade paperbacks, available in print or online.
The Private Eye
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The Private Eye takes place in a distant future, where the internet has been taken down. Without the freedom of information, people can portray themselves however they wish. It is comparable to the wish fulfillment of WestWorld, a polarizing take on the limitations of technology and its effect on our culture. Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Marcos Martin are a powerhouse combo, and make this a book well worth picking up. It was originally digital only but was recently released in print as a hardcover.
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The dangers of artificial intelligence and the fear of it are the common thread between WestWorld and Descender. A future where robots are treated like terrorists, due to an attack years ago, they are hated and feared. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen bring a beautiful, classic science fiction adventure to Image Comics, filled with plenty of brains and heart. The series is still ongoing and has released two trade paperback in print and online.
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The expectations of our creators, their flaws, and the stories we tell weigh heavily on Westworld as well as The Unwritten. Putting a piece of yourself into your art, and then abusing it is a parallel for the cycle of abuse. The expectations of The Unwritten deals with this through Tom Taylor, a man whose father wrote a Harry Potter-like series of books using a fake version of Tom himself. Writer Mike Carey and artist Peter Gross weave a fantastic epic for Tommy, his friends, and the world they live, in which the lines of the world of fiction, and the “real world,” are blurred. The Unwritten is available in print and online.
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The ideas of “perfection,” and playing as a god, are consistently brought up in Westworld. Of all the comics on this list, Vision deals with these concepts the most. Writer Tom King, artist Gabriel H. Walta, and colorist Jordie Bellaire take the Android Avenger and place him right outside of Washington D.C. An Android himself, he creates a nuclear family for himself. However, it is built on an unstable foundation, and this perfect family portrait fades into a story of love, pain, and sacrifice. One of the best comics of the past few years, a modern classic, Vision is a must read for everyone. The series is still ongoing and has released two trade paperbacks in print and online.