Lenni Reviews: “You Are Obsolete” by Mathew Klickstein & Evgeniy Bornyakov


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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Disgraced journalist and alcoholic Lyla Wilton is contacted to investigate an island where all the adults die by their 40th birthday and the kids are all controlled by an app and lead by Martina. Martina’s goal in summoning Lyla is to move her influence from the tiny island to controlling all the children in the world.

This comic feels like an episode of Twilight Zone, directly referencing it in that it’s bleak, depressing, topical, and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. But it’s too on the nose. If you’ve ever read or seen a story with “the evil little kid” or “technology is taking over the world” storyline in it, there isn’t much new here. I like the art, I like that the protagonist is a pill popping alcoholic woman instead of the usual grizzled guy like a Stephen King character. It’s an alright book but it didn’t stand out for me. 3 out of 5.

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