What I thought of Cognetic #1


I thoroughly enjoyed Memetic by James Tynion and Eryk Donovan as a nice bit of apocalyptic science fiction that at least tried to be original in it’s basic concept, though it did have a couple of overused cliches, the comic was a fine read.

Turns out it’s only the first part of a trilogy of comics from Tynion and Donovan called (by BOOM! Studios marketing) ‘The Apocalypse Trilogy’. The second title in this series, Cognetic, is described thus by some overeager marketing person….

The creative team behind the award-nominated Memetic is back with another apocalyptic tale! We obviously love working with James Tynion IV (see The Woods, UFOlogy, and the aforementioned Memetic), and we know partnering him once again with artist Eryk Donovan will lead to another great-looking story. In Cognetic, Tynion and Donovan offer a look at the fundamentally human desire for control-that deep-seated belief we all feel in our darkest moments that if we had total, absolute power, we would be able to create a perfect world. What It Is: Every human believes that they are self-reliant, self-determined individuals, each set on their own course. They’ve built civilizations, they’ve built culture, they’ve built lives… But what if that isn’t the right track? What if there is a singular mind ready to take back control and finally right the destiny of mankind and build a better tomorrow? Cognetic is the story of a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population as a part of its hivemind, and his return to humanity in modern-day New York City. It’s a psychic action thriller, precariously positioned on the edge of outright apocalypse. It’s also the story of the young woman, the assistant to the director of the FBI, who might be the only one who can save humanity, but at a terrible, terrible cost. The second entry in Tynion and Donovan’s “Apocalypse Trilogy.

It isn’t quite as instantly attractive as Memetic, but the idea of humanity being a hivemind is a fascinating one, not to mention possible as anyone that’s ever been in an Apple store can testify to.


The idea of humans not having free will isn’t new in science fiction, but this idea in Cognetic puts an interesting spin that humanity can be threatened by an idea that spreads just by talking to others about the concept of free will. It’s a nice idea that thematically ties in with Memetic and avoids any zombie virus or anything that’s painfully overused.


Annie is an assistant in the FBI. She’s also the lead character here so as FBI that enables her to do a load of things she couldn’t if she was say, a plumber, but it’s a bit obvious. I’m glad to say that Annie is a decent enough character in her own right, however the bad shite starts before we get to know Annie too deeply but the reasons for that become apparent later on.


As a story it’s less cinematic than Memetic, but this is an intriguing first issue of a series that lays out it’s apocalyptic cards from the off rather than the slower burn of Tynion and Donovan’s previous work. There’s even a tinge of hope from the off too.


My initial response to this first issue isn’t it’s not as strong as Memetic, but that doesn’t make this a bad comic. Not at all, it’s actually a skillfully put together comic which has at times some fantastic art from Donovan, and enough beats in the script to make you want to turn the page, but this is a work that’ll benefit being read as part of a whole. After all this is only a third of the story……

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