Artifice

Artifice

Artifice is about Deacon, a prototype android soldier so advanced he is referred to as an "artificial person." On one of his first missions, Deacon was ordered by his corporate masters to eliminate a team of scientists who knew too much?and he has failed spectacularly. Not only did he let one of the targets live, he attacked the team sent to retrieve him. Now the Corporati Artifice is about Deacon, a prototype android soldier so advanced he is referred to as an "artificial person." On one o...

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Title:Artifice
Author:Alex Woolfson
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:0985760400
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:112 pages pages

Artifice Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Feb 09, 2015
    Gay science fiction. I saw this at the library and had just been reading Alex + Ada and thought that was good, so this is a related book: How human can AI become? In Alex and Ada, Alex receives a robot girl and finds her boring, works to help her, in Pygmalion fashion, to become more "...
  • Andrew
    Nov 18, 2013
    A fun story about an android military guy and a young guy he protects (and falls in love with) and a nasty corporation. Explores the familiar "what makes a human" territory with a nice gay twist and tackles it head-on by having the hero engaging a therapist. Satisfying. Also, I really ...
  • Grady
    Apr 15, 2013
    Absolutely Brilliant! Despite all the focus on sci-fi films and television shows and video games no one has ever come up with a tender romance on the order of the one projected visually and verbally as in ARTIFICE, a graphic novel first by author Alex Woolfson and illustrator Winona...
  • MsMiz (Tina)
    Mar 03, 2013
    3.5 - see Cat's review! Very worth the read through! ...
  • Mothwing
    Apr 04, 2015
    The artwork is good, but the characters were wooden and you've read this plot about a thousand times before. This time, the unlikely lovers are a warrior android who helps murder every human colonist an entire planet and an ostracised gay teen who is the sole survivor. Gosh, I wonder...
  • Seregil
    Apr 14, 2012
    It is COMPLETE (hope someone updates the description here)! This is a totally awesome sci-fi story. It is also a great slash romance between two "outcasts": a gay man (seen as an aberation in the genetically selected humanity) and a robot soldier who is a bit too smart and independe...
  • Adeselna
    Sep 18, 2012
    Not am I a sucker for homossexual romance, I am also a sucker for happy endings when it comes to homossexual couples *wipes tears* ...
  • Elin
    Mar 05, 2013
    Excellent graphic novel with a complex and absorbing story and some of the best artwork I've ever scene. No elongated huge-eyed bishounen characters but strong beautifully proportioned figures. ...
  • Wt Prater
    Jul 20, 2015
    Incredible story, marvelous art. I love graphic novels a lot, and this is one of the best! ...
  • Cat
    Nov 23, 2011
    The story was interesting and the relationship grew slowly. The artwork was very good and reminiscent of American comics such as Marvel more then manga-style art. The story was told as the main character was looking back on events and explaining his actions to an evaluator which I foun...
  • James
    Nov 27, 2017
    A cool sci-fi graphic novel exploring sexuality and love. ...
  • Richard
    Apr 20, 2015
    Okay, I'm rating this one generously, but it's tight and cute and at $3 for the kindle edition, it's priced more than fairly. This is a story that you've seen many, many times before. But something about the storytelling here keeps it from feeling too worn. I do think it would have ...
  • Emma Sea
    Dec 13, 2014
    i already read the webcomic, but i'm so looking forward to reading it on kindle. Sitting down and reading the whole story at once is a completely different thing to a serial. ...
  • SheReadsALot
    May 20, 2012
    Loved it. It ended exactly were it needed to end. Plus the author's FAQ was a nice touch. Deacon and Jeff deserve a HEA, glad they made theirs. ...
  • Meep
    May 16, 2015
    Web-Comic. The art is good and I followed this when it was updating. I liked the look of the comic and was kept curious to the outcome. Ultimately I found it didn't delve into things enough; too much of what had interesting potential was left vague or happened off-page. For me...
  • M
    Mar 18, 2012
    I'm on a serious graphic novel/web comic bender at the moment, and after spending the entire weekend trawling through the most ridiculous nonsense, I've hit pay dirt. This web serial is awesome and then some. It's a sci-fi/dystopian tale about an 'artificial person' and an actual perso...
  • Just A. Bean
    Jun 22, 2016
    From the Pride humble bundle. This was really well done. I was genuinely worried about the outcome and totally rooting for the characters. I admit that bb gay boys in love despite the hellish corporate overlords is pretty well what I want to read all the time. In fine tradition o...
  • Paper Droids
    Oct 09, 2013
    Do you like comics? Of course you do. Do you like science fiction comics? Yes. Do you like gay science fiction comics? I bet you do. But what has all those things? What can you possibly find that will combine your three favourite things? Lucky for you (and for me), Alex Woolfson has...
  • Ingie
    Feb 18, 2014
    Written February 19, 2014 2.7 Stars - nicely done but a bit "stiff" sci-fi webcomic Nice drawings and art in a sci-fi story about a nasty hard, future sci-fi world. ~ It was quite okay although I wasn't really intrigued by this plot. Perhaps I would have preferred more t...
  • Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
    Jan 26, 2015
    This was so good. Amazing story and outstanding art work. I adored Deacon and Jeff and was really rooting for them to get their HEA. "I just don't know why they would design you to feel anything for anybody!" "You aren't just anybody. You're Jeff. My Jeff." Dr. Maven...
  • Raedia
    Feb 25, 2013
    I read this story when it was published online as a web comic, and just re-read it in its entirety as a published graphic novel. I love the flashback nature of the story, and the realistic approach to a romance between two guys, one of whom happens to be an android. The artwork is much...
  • Brent
    May 23, 2013
    I really liked the concept and found it to be nicely written overall. This love story takes place over about 14 weeks but initially the story felt a bit rushed. I'm someone who doesn't rush into love, so it took me a movement to just let myself go and enjoy the excitement of infatuatio...
  • Rachel
    Nov 15, 2015
    Can an artificial person truly feel emotions? What is the measure of true love? How much control do we have over our lives? These are the questions Woolfson explores in Artifice, a combination sci-fi-romance-psychological graphic novel about the meeting of Deacon and Jeff, their love f...
  • Tully Vincent
    Aug 02, 2014
    This web comic is a finished story that was quite interesting with nice art. I read it in one sitting. ...
  • Robin P.
    Sep 20, 2014
    Meh. The story was pretty superficial, but the ending was cute. It was like the author left out the most interesting part. The part where they actually build a believable relationship is all done "off-screen," for lack of a better term. As it is, it seems hokey-romantic (inasmuch as su...
  • M. Corvidae
    Feb 14, 2015
    This story definitely holds up on re-read. Loved the setup. Deacon, a sexually curious soldier android finds and spares Jeff, the only gay lad on a space colony that Deacon has been ordered to extinguish. They spend some time together, one thing leads to another, and Deacon gets to exp...
  • The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
    May 12, 2018
    4.25 stars! This was surprisingly good. Fast paced and entertaining. ...
  • KappaBooks
    Jan 07, 2017
    This was a very cut and dry comic. It focuses on Deacon, a robot built to kill, who goes against his orders and kills several people instead of completing the mission he was given. The story is told primarily as a flashback as Deacon tells his story to a therapist so she can figure out...
  • Acin Fals
    Feb 26, 2017
    Woolfson wrote in his Writer's Notes that what he had really wanted to see in Action were "real heroes who just happened to be gay. Heroes who got the guy and got to save the day." Artifice nailed that part with the hero. However, I don't see this graphic novel as an action-roman...
  • Alexander Peterhans
    May 07, 2019
    An interesting concept (can a synthetic human not only fall in love with a human, but also a same sex human), developed with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. The android Deacon has no problem, emotionally, killing a colony full of people, but then starts to develop feelings for J...