Issue One Comics Guild

Issue One Comics Guild was launched in January 2018 as a spin-off of Chapter One Book Group.

The current schedule can be viewed below:

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August 2018

Planetes, Volume 1

Makoto Yukimura

Comic Selection #8

Planetes follows the crew DS-12 "Toy Box" of the Space Debris Section, a unit of Technora Corporation. Debris Section's purpose is to prevent the damage or destruction of satellites, space stations and spacecraft from collision with debris in Earth's and the moon's orbits. The story follows main characters including Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino, who dreams of owning his own spaceship despite his low-pay and seemingly dead-end job, Ai Tanabe, whose kind spirit masks a drive to become better than she is, Fee Carmichael, the brash and loud pilot of the Toy Box who's slightly ashamed of her smoking habit, and Yuri Mihairokov, the Russian member of the team who dreams of finding a keepsake of his late wife among the debris the Toy Box collects. Acclaimed by critics upon release, Planetes has been noted for its use of hard science fiction as a motif and its exploration of themes including existential dread, artificial divisions within humanity and the relationship between space, humanity and the individual.

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September 2018

Transmetropolitan, Volume 1: Back on the Street

Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson

Comic Selection #9

A pillar of the cyberpunk and transhumanist genres, Transmetropolitan has been acclaimed for its intricate plot and realized characters since its debut in 1997. Writer Warren Ellis (noted for his work on comics such as Red and Trees, as well as Netflix's animated adaptation of Castlevania) delivers insightful sociocultural commentary while following the infamous gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem as he is reluctantly brought out of retirement to combat the corruption and abuses of power choking The City at some unspecified point in a dystopian future. Praised for Ellis' writing and the gritty, detailed artwork of Darick Robertson, Transmetropolitan has become a cult favorite of cyberpunk fans and has been regarded by many as the perfect gateway into the genre.