Title: Friendo #2
Words: Alex Paknadel
Art: Martin Simmonds
Colors: Dee Cunniffe
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Publication Date: November 14, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Leo’s having one of *those* days. He’s been ditched by his friends, mugged at knifepoint, and electrocuted. He has something to say about all this, but the only cat prepared to listen is his virtual reality marketing pal, Jerry. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be a problem, but Jerry’s mental health hasn’t been too hot since his circuits got fried. But hey, what could go wrong?”
Leo’s relationship with Jerry, transactional as it may be, is getting deeper, more dependent. In fact, Jerry has become the most important person in his life and the limit to what they will do for each other hasn’t even been approached yet, though it is starting to look quite disconcerting.
Alex Paknadel’s creations of Leo and Jerry are so much of a near reality in this media obsessed modern world, that the escalation to their level of reliance is as logical as it is gruesome. Addiction, consumerism and corporate exploitation are all too familiar these days, and Friendo is a story for our times.
The art is lavish, and Martin Simmonds provide a virtual world that is beautiful and indistinguishable from reality, except maybe where the fantasy has become more preferable more preferable than the mundane.
The Bottom Line:
Friendo continues to be a crazy comment on the excesses of a society where being plugged in to social media all the time has become epidemic. No need to worry. There is a virtual reality guardian who will protect you as long as you have money, and it doesn’t matter where you got it, there is no such thing as ill-gotten gains.