In May, Boom has a new ongoing series, Arcadia, launching from two debut creators, Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer. Arcadia is an ambitious, complex Sci-Fi concept rife with social commentary in the spirit of The Massive, Transmetropolitan and The Matrix. In the ultimate reversal of the have and have-nots, the world of Arcadia is one where 99% of the population was wiped out by a pandemic. As a last resort, the survivors uploaded the personalities of the four billion infected people into a simulated reality called Arcadia. Now the 1% remaining population, must toil in "The Meat" to keep the servers running to keep the rest of humanity alive in a virtual paradise. The main character is the one person to have survived the plague and now exists in both worlds. It's a concept and a story with the kind of world-building and possibilities that you expect from the likes of Warren Ellis, Brian Wood, and Brian K. Vaughn, which makes it all the more impressive that it's coming from two first time creators. And I'm not just saying that because Paknadel is a Brit.
Today is the last day for retailers to place finalize their orders on the first issue. Your call. It will be out on May 6th.