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TR Review: Nonplayer #1

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?Okay, this isn’t really a review, but of all things I shouldn’t review comics is #2 (after music). But I happened to get a copy of this comic called Nonplayer, from Image, and I seriously think you guys ought to check it out. First of all, it’s beautiful. I don’t say that lightly. Even single panel in beautifully composed, drawn, and colored. It’s so good-looking that it is totally ridiculous that it is being made by one dude, and it’s his first professional comic.

The story is about one of those MMORPGs of the future, where things go awry in-game with real world consequences… it may be a concept you’ve heard a few times before (certainly, if you’re an anime fan you have) but I promise it’s still work a look. First, because the game of the world looks like something you’d actually want to play, thanks mostly to Simpson’s amazing visual imagination — the land and the creatures and the items look truly unique. And although I described the plot pretty simply, it’s definitely not that simple — there’s other mysteries in the first issue alone that indicate it’s not as simple as the NPCs gaining sentience (although that’s part of it).
 
So… yeah. Nonplayer is in comic stores today, apparently, and you can head here for more information. There’s also an online preview of the first few pages here, if you want to verify my “review.” Seriously, I think you should give it a shot.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.