You Are Obsolete

created and written by Mathew Klickstein

art by Evgeniy Bornyakov 

colorist: Lauren Affe 

letterer: Simon Bowland 

covers: Andy Clarke

editor: Christina Harrington

FIVE-PART SERIES IN STORES SEPT. 18 AND THROUGHOUT FALL 2019!

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About the Series

A disgraced journalist is called to cover a mysterious story on an isolated European island. As she investigates, she discovers the children have taken control and are somehow killing off all adults by their 40th birthdays. Now, she must discover the truth behind the killings while staying on the good side of the children’s harsh leader…or she’s next.  

 

You Are Obsolete is a spine-tingling thriller that evokes the eerie naturalism of 1970s horror films with a modern deadly digital twist. Written/created by Mathew Klickstein and drawn by Evgeniy Bornyakov. Out in five-part series from AfterShock Comics. 

"[C]reepy and highly entertaining ... The dialogue is spot on ... and the art is terrific."  -- George Gustines, Comic book beat writer for the New York Times

"I am so damn impressed with what Mathew has come up with here ... The story and plot development that we see here is extraordinarily good ... The character development that we are seeing is stupendous and how we manage to see the characters and some temporary baseline personalities that are set to grow, change and evolve is mesmerising. When we factor the pacing into the equation it takes on a journey through the twists, turns and revelations that are far worse than a haunted house on Halloween but one take willingly because it cannot be avoided, our curiosity that is." -- Reading with a Flight Ring

"You Are Obsolete #1 is a terrifyingly good read. It will keep you guessing with every turn of the page. The dialogue is solid, the pacing is on point, and the mystery behind the children is just terrific. If you love a good spine-chilling story shrouded in mystery, you need to download this book or get to your local comic shop today. Klickstein and Bornyakov definitely have a hit on their hands — Netflix, you need to make a live-action adaption pronto." -- AiPT! 

Press

... The comic has parallels with the 'It’s a Good Life' episode of 'The Twilight Zone' ... so the motivation of the children’s recruiting Lyla to tell their story arouses suspicion ...

... Mathew Klickstein and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov team to tell the story of a town where getting older can lead to a literal death sentence at the hands of tech-obsessed children. The series’ name says it all: You Are Obsolete ...

... It’s an interesting mystery, illustrated with eerie kineticism by the artist team of Evgeniy Bornyakov, colorist Lauren Affe, and letterer Simon Bowland…all with a chilling first cover by the great Andy Clarke. The Beat recently had an opportunity to send some questions to Mathew Klickstein, asking about his switch to comics, influences, and, of course, You Are Obsolete .. 

... The story and plot development that we see here is extraordinarily good. There is this way about how the reader is given information so that we learn what we are given alongside Lyla. I love this technique because the surprises hit us harder and the way that encounter situations causes an authentic reaction from the reader. The character development that we are seeing is stupendous and how we manage to see the characters and some temporary baseline personalities that are set to grow, change and evolve is mesmerising ...

... The first issue is a fantastic start to what looks to be a menacingly creepy series. It feels like Children of the Corn meets Get Out with a digital twist. Klickstein’s writing really grabs you right from the start where we see a guy name Kaspar keel over in his own birthday cake on his 40th birthday. The plot is a nice slow burn that builds to an even creepier ending ...

... Let's be honest, glassy-eyed kids with evil intent will never drop out of style, and AfterShock Comics' chilling new horror series, You Are Obsolete, is brimming with these malevolent little tykes — and SYFY WIRE has an exclusive invitation to their remote island with an advance look inside the over-sized premiere issue, which drops Sept. 18 ... 

"Children Of The Corn With A Deadly Digital Twist: 'You Are Obsolete' #1"

... You Are Obsolete #1 handles the housekeeping well enough, and does a fantastic job plopping the reader into this world. There’s obviously a few tropes being visited, but it’s fresh enough, with enough tension that I’m looking forward to the next installment ...

...  Mathew Klickstein set things well with this remote island where the children can do what they want but the exact what of what they’re doing is still something of a mystery. But the buildup through the narration, especially in this installment, really does build things to a height well...

... Interni scarni, esterni spopolati, colori freddi, sguardi spaventati, in alcuni dei quali vediamo ombre di follia: questi gli elementi che creano l’atmosfera del racconto, più ancora delle parole, in particolare del continuo flusso testuale costituito dalle memorie di Lyla....

... You Are Obsolete #1 is a very disturbing and ominous first chapter as we are slowly introduced to the island of Muhu and its unusual inhabitants. In the spirit of a genuine supernatural horror; suspense simmers throughout the entire issue ...

Listen to the episode here.

"Mike’s Pick of the Week: 'You Are Obsolete' #1"

... AfterShock has been a leader in the current horror comic market, taking a chance on concepts that are outside of the box. You Are Obsolete continues this trend, and if my instincts are correct, it will be another hit for them ...

... This might be one the most influential introductions to a new series we've ever seen. In some regards I feel this is an homage to a few horror films featuring children and yet it also has a very current vibe to it that helps it feel more original and truly terrifying. I can hear Vincent Price in my head giving us the opening and closing monologue's to the issue, I'll leave you with that thought ...

... This has just the right unsettling aura to make you wake up in the middle of the night, thankful you are safe…at least for now. This series takes a familiar “watch out for the children” premise and makes it work in a fresh new way. I’m on board…and a little frightened, but I think that’s what the creators of You Are Obsolete intended. 10/10 ... 

... You Are Obsolete had me hooked from the first issue and this builds well on it as we know just how trapped Lyla is in what the children are up to. We get a better look at the dynamic of life in Muhu and how both children and adults act which is definitely creepy in obvious ways. Lyla’s story is definitely a draw as we watch her deal with all that’s thrown at her while looking for something to latch onto as so much is coming out ...

... This protagonist is basically just me if I was female. I like her ...

... The British use the term “redundant” to describe a person who has been fired from their job. I always felt that if American capitalists had wanted to be truthful when doing mass layoffs, they would use the title of this book. (Even if delivered by George Clooney, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a good experience.) Job or no job, being obsolete is a middle-aged guy’s nightmare ...

Listen to the full episode. 

Watch the episode here (@14:24 mark).

Listen to the full podcast here. 

... Lyla must choose to make the ultimate sacrifice, changing everything she thought to be true. She is tasked to use the "killer app" the children of the island have created in order to take out all the adults on the island. YOU ARE OBSOLETE is a spine-tingling thriller that evokes the eerie naturalism of 1970s horror films with a modern deadly digital twist ...

... the new book follows a disgraced journalist covering a mysterious story on an isolated island in Europe. As the plot progresses, it becomes clear that the island is controlled by children who are killing off adults before they turn 40 ...

... Investigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she’s been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot...and does she even have a choice? ...

Round-up of forthcoming comics including You Are Obsolete #3

... Aftershock continues to publish some interesting titles. I greatly enjoy reading Animosity, and I can see myself being very invested in You Are Obsolete. The second issue’s written by Mathew Klickstein. Evgeniy Bornyakov is the artist with Lauren Affee being the colorist. The story’s set on a creepy island where kids have taken over ...

... Death seems to be everywhere when, after arriving on a quaint but eerie Eastern European island, a disgraced journalist following up on a peculiar story meets the leader of a group of odd, tech-obsessed children who evidently have a strange power over the frightened adults of the village ...

... Investigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she’s been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot…and does she even have a choice? ...

... YOU ARE OBSOLETE is an spine-tingling thriller that evokes the eerie naturalism of 1970s horror films with a modern deadly digital twist ...

... Mathew Klickstein’s You are Obsolete #1 presents a series of stark images in its opening pages. Evgeniy Bornyakov’s panels delivers an alarming moment as a man on his 4oth birthday dies from a sudden heart attack face down into his own birthday cake ...

... Investigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she’s been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot…and does she even have a choice? ...

... The newest title to join the roster of AfterShock Comics is You Are Obsolete, by writer Mathew Klickstein (Sony Pictures’ Against the Dark, Slimed!, Springfield Confidential and Selling Nostalgia) and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov (Descendent) ...

... La llegada de AfterShock al mundo editorial supuso un soplo de aire fresco en el mundo del cómic. Con herencias claras de la antigua Vertigo se propuso volver a poner en boca de todos el cómic independiente americano y la verdad es que está lanzando proyectos muy interesantes con autores de renombre ...

... Mathew Klickstein described the series in a press release as “Children of The Corn… but with cell phones instead of religion. A contemporary, technological twist on the classic ‘scary children taking power over the adults'... 

... Death seems to be everywhere when, after arriving on a quaint but eerie Eastern European island, a disgraced journalist following up on a peculiar story meets the leader of a group of odd, tech-obsessed children who evidently have a strange power over the frightened adults of the village ...

A preview of You Are Obsolete #1

... Death seems to be everywhere when, after arriving on a quaint but eerie Eastern European island, a disgraced journalist following up on a peculiar story meets the leader of a group of odd, tech-obsessed children who evidently have a strange power over the frightened adults of the village ...

Another preview of You Are Obsolete #2.

... The tense nature of the town and their interactions with Lyla has you wanting to see more of just how far they go but also to see if they’re subject to the same intentions when they get older. Lyla hints at the whole plan a bit in how she’s writing all of this as a retrospective so there’s definitely some closure-point coming up in the book that should make for this series to be an intriguing arc ...

... The series, set to hit shelves on the 18th of September 2019, sees disgraced journalist Lyla Wilton called in to cover a mysterious story on an isolated European island. During the course of her investigation, she discovers that the children have taken control and are somehow killing off all adults by their 40th birthdays ...