Cover to 20XX #1. Depicts Meria and her new friend in a paper circle.
Cover for 20XX #1. Comic book cover by Jonathan Luna.

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Credits:

  • Jonathan Luna – Story, Script Assists, Illustrations, Lettering & Design
  • Lauren Keely – Story & Script

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20XX takes place in a futuristic setting. Climate change has caused the permafrost to melt, flooding cities and releasing disease never before known to humankind. Gangs are at each others’ throats and everyone walks around wearing a mask so as not to catch disease. This comic book is definitely for mature readers due to brief nudity and intense violence.

I enjoyed this comic book. I wasn’t expecting it to be black and white but that didn’t detract from the quality of the book at all. The futuristic setting has been over-done, but this title seems to keep it fresh.

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Meria wakes up late for work one day. Despite being late she finds that she has been selected for promotion. On her way to work she starts to exhibit symptoms of the Bethel virus. The Bethel virus causes a person to bleed internally and eventually die. Meria, now in hospital, is told that she has survived the initial stage of the virus, and it is now dormant in her brain.

With a new immunity to the Bethel virus comes a type of telekinetic power called Selective Telekenesis and Sensing (STS). Meria is now what society calls a Sym, or a Stasser if you want to be a jerk about it. Upon hearing about her survival, her boss lets her know that she has been let go. It turns out that Syms possess a stigma impressed upon them by “Normies”. Now an outcast, Meria seeks out her cousin, Lucas, the only Sym she knows personally.

During her search for her cousin, she befriends a young woman who is also a Sym. This young woman offers to help her get a hold of her new powers. After they split up, Meria locates her cousin, but he’s being attacked by rival gang members. The comic book ends with the end of this scuffle, which I shall not spoil for you. You’ve got to read it to find out what happens!

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