Remus is a dystopian webcomic written and drawn by Kyle Jacobs. Read it at http://www.remuscomic.com
Remus is a dystopian webcomic written and drawn by Kyle Jacobs. Read it at http://www.remuscomic.com Read more
Read the story so far at http://www.remuscomic.com
Remus is a love letter to classic dystopian fiction that attempts to bring the genre into the 21st century. It's not the story of one man fighting a monolithic, faceless government. It's about people - what we're capable of at our best and worst, how far we'll go to do what we think is right, and what happens when we collide with each other in the process.
I came up with the idea after a friend with more artistic talent than I'll ever be able to dream of having told me that he'd love to try drawing a comic. I sat down to outline the story, and things just started to flow out of my mind. I knew what I wanted the world to look like, I knew how I thought it should get there, and I knew how the characters would have been shaped by that.
As I began to work things through, I realized that what I was writing was something I'd never seen before in a dystopia. It wasn't about how people I disagree with are evil - in fact, it ended up shining a spotlight on the dangers of that very mindset. I got a rough sketch of the story completed, sent it off to my friend, and went to bed satisfied with a job well done.
Afterwards, my friend replied to my email saying that he'd rather focus on something more fantasy-oriented, I decided to take up the pencil for the first time since middle school art class and bring Remus into being.
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In the near future, increasing political polarization drives one man to commit a suicide attack on the White House. This act sparks an escalating cycle of partisan violence, forcing the government to step in. In order to combat the rising tide of extremism, the government repeals the bill of rights, declares martial law, and hugely expands the power of the CIA to deal with perceived threats to American security.17 years after the end of the war, an arms dealer named Ryan Davidson escapes CIA custody with a bullet in his back and collapses in a back alley. He wakes up to find that he's stumbled on the local headquarters of a growing Resistance movement that attempts to combat the government's slide away from democracy. With no other options, Ryan joins the group and takes his place on the front lines of the conflict. But Ryan may be a little bit more than he appears...
- (30 days)