You Are Obsolete

created and written by Mathew Klickstein

interior art: Evgeniy Bornyakov 

colorist: Lauren Affe 

letterer: Simon Bowland 

cover art: Andy Clarke

editor: Christina Harrington

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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 think 'You Are Obsolete' has neatly summed up our predicament." -- John Wenzel, The Denver Post

"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! 

"Mathew Klickstein, a screenwriter and journeyman writer who is making his comic book debut with this series, presents a story that shambles forward with a sinister threat that is unstoppable and horrific." -- Comic Crusaders  

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 ...

...This is the stuff of some of the most horrific tales ever penned.  The jump scare or overwhelming terror cause the heart to beat faster and evoke powerful emotions.  However, the slow-motion advance of a terror that can not be defeated and will not be denied is gloriously tortuous in delivering a lasting sense of horror.  This is one of those stories, combining those horror elements with a commentary on the society we live in today...

...The heroes—if that’s what you want to call them—of this week’s best new comics have all given into these kinds of compulsions in one form or another, and they all sincerely believe that acting on these instincts is ultimately going to work out in their favor, despite all the evidence to the contrary...

... 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 ... 

...Mathew and Evgeny have started telling one of the more frightening stories in comics right now that you'll need to read for yourself in order to appreciate what is being told. You Are Obsolete is Matthew's comic debut and Evgeny's followup to his own debut, Descendant...

...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...

"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 ...

... It's a literal trip of an issue when Lyla and Kadunud imbibe psilocybin during the diabolical children's talent show...that turns deadly for the audience. The psychedelic state Lyla finds herself in leads to flashbacks about how she became who she is today and why she is such a seeker of truth in a world of growing chaos ...

...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....

...  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...

... The way that this is being told is beautifully done. The story and plot development in how we see the sequence of events unfold and how the reader is given information is expertly done. This is also non-traditional in the way we see things and I love that because we really do have to read the book and the story to follow along. There is no coasting or flipping through this you have to pay attention. The character development is fantastic and to see Lyla unable to maintain her cool or how we see Kad living his life his way on the island and the kids well at least Martina, have this really amazing attention given. The way we see the pacing bringing us these twists, turns and possibly a few revelations affects the ebb & flow in some unique ways ...

... 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 ...

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... I like the way the book unfolds and how Lyla is handling herself – basically getting worse and worse as it goes along – and it definitely feels like the stakes are incredibly high...

"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 ...

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... 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? ...

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

...It’s no surprise that Lyla’s attempt to get off the island after that doesn’t go anywhere as they have their grand plans for her (and backup plans with other disgraced people they can try and take advantage of) and it’s amusing to see her attempt to come up with a plan. Her desperation comes through well and the way she shifts gears to try and calm herself to execute the plan she comes up with is just right...

... 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 ...