Artifact One Volume 1 (Artifact One, #0-3)
Introducing Remi, a young and energetic explorer and relic hunter, whose boundless curiosity leads to a startling discovery beyond anything she could have imagined! Along with her alchemist father, Remi works in secret, away from the prying eyes of the ruling clerics who lord over the realms of her world with their ancient decrees and strict devotion. Remi has her own sense of dedication - Her heart to adventure and her mind to the truth. But, what happens when that truth could change the fate of her entire planet, and destroy the very fabric of her civilization? An all-new Aspen Comics action-adventure epic debuts from the mind of creators Vince Hernandez (Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani, Charismagic) and J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Jirni) with breathtaking illustrations from newcomer Romina Moranelli!

Artifact One Volume 1 (Artifact One, #0-3) Details

TitleArtifact One Volume 1 (Artifact One, #0-3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherAspen Comics
ISBN-139781941511695
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Futuristic, Young Adult

Artifact One Volume 1 (Artifact One, #0-3) Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, this is a beautiful book. The coloring particularly gives the book an alien landscape look. The story starts off with your standard trope of a church persecuting "heretics", in reality, scientists on this alien world. By the end though the story twists in a more intriguing way, enough that I'd read a future installment.Received a review copy from Aspen Comics and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • Donna ( Momsbookcollection )
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful art work, story line took me a bit to get to but i loved it once i new what was happening and the meaning behind it all. I think it was weird to have NASA in it but i might to reread or read more to find out more about it. The meaning of needing to know the truth behind all the lies is perfect though.
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  • CapricornReads- Kyra
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *What a great comic! the art was beautiful. The characters great! I loved Remi Definitely a fun read!
  • Spira Virgo
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review "Keep Going, keep Searching, keep discovering. Until all the pieces fall into place." I am not much of Aspen comics reader. I don't find them appealing to me hence I never bother to purchase one of their titles as far as my memory can recall. Sometimes you just are not interested in what some companies have to offer despite their talented writers or artists on board. So imagined my surprise when I I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review "Keep Going, keep Searching, keep discovering. Until all the pieces fall into place." I am not much of Aspen comics reader. I don't find them appealing to me hence I never bother to purchase one of their titles as far as my memory can recall. Sometimes you just are not interested in what some companies have to offer despite their talented writers or artists on board. So imagined my surprise when I was lucky enough to tackle one of their comics and try it for myself for free for that clarification. I was blown by how prejudice I have been toward this company just due to what some readers say about them.Artifact One tell the story of Remi who grows up in a over zealots society who worships the gods and anything that seems unholy like science or advancement is blasphemous. Remi grown up by her father to explore, to study and experience the world was fortunate enough to not be brainwashed like everyone else. One day while discovering some mysteries on one of her exploits in the cave is suddenly thrown into chain of events that shakes her world and put her life in danger.The story is simple and yet interesting to follow up from issue to issue. How is earth connected to this mysterious planet? What is the government keeping secret from society? How much longer can Remi can go on before she get caught? All of that and the beautiful artwork by Romina Moranelli makes you want to keep going. I already became infatuated by this and I can't wait to read more :)
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  • Shaelene (aGirlWithBookss)
    January 1, 1970
    Set on an alien world very different but also quite similar to our own, our main character Remi is on a quest to find the truth in a world dominated by fear and lies. The Akolouth is a religious origination who punish anyone who dares to challenge them with the truth, Remis father ends up being one of these persons and it costs him his life.Now considered a co-conspirator, Remi escapes the only life she knew with a package in hand that shakes her world view. The artifact, as she calls it is a Set on an alien world very different but also quite similar to our own, our main character Remi is on a quest to find the truth in a world dominated by fear and lies. The Akolouth is a religious origination who punish anyone who dares to challenge them with the truth, Remi’s father ends up being one of these persons and it costs him his life.Now considered a co-conspirator, Remi escapes the only life she knew with a package in hand that shakes her world view. The artifact, as she calls it is a piece of metal with a NASA logo, Remi wonders what this means for her, and for all of the people inhabiting her planet. She never stops looking for answers in the wake of her father’s death and discovers something truly shocking that the Akolouth will stop at nothing to deny.The illustrations and coloring of this graphic novel is splendid and really lends a great atmosphere to the sci-fi world we are reading about. Remi is an energetic and loveable character, I’m excited to see where her story goes.This world is also a fascinating one with many parallels to our own, especially concerning the 16th century when Galileo challenged the church.The writing is quite average but the world-building, characters, and mystery are what really make this graphic novel great.4 stars. Really looking forward to the next volume.** ARC provided by Aspen Comics & Diamond Books Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, this is a GORGEOUS book. I loved the art style and that was what initially drew me to it.This is a graphic novel/comic bindup that I would consider sci-fi as our main character Remi is an alien on another planet (maybe even a different universe). In her society, there is a very controlling religion and if anyone says or does anything that could be construed as defying it, they are killed.The story really takes off when Remi discovers a relic/artifact. I won't go into any more First of all, this is a GORGEOUS book. I loved the art style and that was what initially drew me to it.This is a graphic novel/comic bindup that I would consider sci-fi as our main character Remi is an alien on another planet (maybe even a different universe). In her society, there is a very controlling religion and if anyone says or does anything that could be construed as defying it, they are killed.The story really takes off when Remi discovers a relic/artifact. I won't go into any more detail because I absolutely loved discovering what came next for myself. But this book is full of adventure, action, and twists that I just want to devour more of. I can't wait for more.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ♡ Neeka ♡
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest opinionI really enjoyed this graphic novel. Beautiful artwork and a pleasant color scheme draws you in to a magical new sci-fi world. This is a quick thrilling read with a great cliffhanger. I can't wait to read more of Remi's journey for truth and definitely interested in how the human world and NASA come into the story later on! On a deeper level, I can see the science vs. religion mindset reflected from the state of our world.
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Sneaky AppealAt the outset, there doesn't seem to be much to the plot in this series. Rational, scientific types are brutally oppressed by narrow-minded fanatical clerics who retain power Inquisition style. But wait, you think. That's a classic frame, and who knows where it will lead? Well, the more I read the more invested I became in the adventure/quest of our heroine Remi, and the more I appreciated how this tale was constructed and presented.As to the plot, there are twists and turns that Sneaky AppealAt the outset, there doesn't seem to be much to the plot in this series. Rational, scientific types are brutally oppressed by narrow-minded fanatical clerics who retain power Inquisition style. But wait, you think. That's a classic frame, and who knows where it will lead? Well, the more I read the more invested I became in the adventure/quest of our heroine Remi, and the more I appreciated how this tale was constructed and presented.As to the plot, there are twists and turns that shouldn't be spoiled. Suffice to say that Remi ends up on the run as a renegade scientist and meets lots of interesting characters and has lots of interesting adventures. What helps sustain interest is the artwork and the setting. We're on an alien planet and Remi is not a human character. There are subtle differences in her behavior and appearance, and it is the subtlety of the distinctions that is a special source of interest. Anyone can create an over-the-top alien, but to create a character who's just a bit different takes some skill and imagination. (It also makes it easier to avoid buxom cheesecake errors with the female lead.)There is more thoughtful dialogue than usual as Remi and her companions consider the conflict between church and science, and as Remi struggles to determine who she is and what she wants and needs to do. This isn't the usual comics baloney, but is reasonably thoughtful and perceptive.The book is well drawn. Crisp lines, with good inking and bright color make the panels both inviting and easy to follow. There are some big splashes, but mostly the art serves to support the story and set the mood. So, I was happy with this and curious to see where the series will take us.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Jenna R
    January 1, 1970
    **I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**Artifact One is a collaborative effort between writers JT Krul and Vince Hernandez along with artist Romina Moranelli. What readers receive is an introduction to a science fiction story following Remi, a Terrillian female, who is an explorer and relic hunter trying to understand the world around her. There is a ruling cleric class strong religious opposition to alchemy and the associated **I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**Artifact One is a collaborative effort between writers JT Krul and Vince Hernandez along with artist Romina Moranelli. What readers receive is an introduction to a science fiction story following Remi, a Terrillian female, who is an explorer and relic hunter trying to understand the world around her. There is a ruling cleric class strong religious opposition to alchemy and the associated endeavors in discovery. Moranelli's artwork is absolutely stunning. She manages to develop species for these space worlds that are decidedly new and different while still being familiar enough to be visually relatable. We can see this especially in Remi herself. Even as so much detail goes into the characters and creatures, no aspect of the background has been neglected. In fact, I want prints of these worlds to put on my walls. Everything is so developed and Moranelli's use of color is absolutely masterful. While Moranelli brings the world to life visually, Krul and Hernandez were certainly not slacking. They have entire cultural developments, down to religious practices, various gods, various tools and weaponry, and so much more. It seems apparent that even some of the "smaller" characters have back stories created. This volume is an introductory volume, of course, so the purpose does appear to be world-building, but there is a glimmer of plot toward the end that I am so very excited about. I really couldn't ask for more from an introductory volume, and will be eagerly awaiting the next installment from this team.
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  • Siina
    January 1, 1970
    Hmm, Artifact One is an interesting scifi comic and twists the idea of another world around. Remi and her father want to explore their world to understand it, but science and whatnot isn't something that is appreciated, since religion forbids changing the current order and the gods' supposed ideals. Remi and her father must flee, but only Remi survives, but she intends to walk in her father's footsteps. Soon Remi finds these weird creatures that have something to do with NASA placate and a world Hmm, Artifact One is an interesting scifi comic and twists the idea of another world around. Remi and her father want to explore their world to understand it, but science and whatnot isn't something that is appreciated, since religion forbids changing the current order and the gods' supposed ideals. Remi and her father must flee, but only Remi survives, but she intends to walk in her father's footsteps. Soon Remi finds these weird creatures that have something to do with NASA placate and a world they all know nothing about anymore, but they aren't safe. This first volume sets an interesting view on how our world is the mystery, which is awesome. Remi's world looks great and how everything is set up makes this very intriguing. The pace isn't perfect though and I kind of wished Krul and Hernandez had used more pages to set everything up before the council barges in.The color world is that of red and violet and lush green which makes this look so vibrant. The panels look beautiful and magical even, which works out fine. The line art isn't too heavy and overall the art looks good. The cover is surely great and I'm glad our hero is a woman. In a sense the plot isn't all clear as in it's hard to see what will happen and if this story can be even that long due to this fast pace, but I'm still interested in what happens.
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  • Dark.Side.of.the.Tome
    January 1, 1970
    I dont read many Graphic Novels but this one really spoke to me. The first thing I ever wanted to be when I was little, was an archaeologist and to explore lost civilizations. So when I saw this GN, I knew I needed to read it. Also, THE ART! I really enjoyed this story. It speaks of real life prejudice while still being an interesting fantasy adventure.Remi has a curious personality, due to her fathers open minded upbringing of her. She likes to see the world as it is and not how the Clerics I don’t read many Graphic Novels but this one really spoke to me. The first thing I ever wanted to be when I was little, was an archaeologist and to explore lost civilizations. So when I saw this GN, I knew I needed to read it. Also, THE ART! I really enjoyed this story. It speaks of real life prejudice while still being an interesting fantasy adventure.Remi has a curious personality, due to her fathers open minded upbringing of her. She likes to see the world as it is and not how the Clerics would like her to see it. She finds a few people along her journey that share her same sense of knowledge seeking. And with this discovers things that the Clerics would rather her or anyone not know. Each issue (4 in total) has just the right amount of information and adventure to keep you interested but I always prefer a GC to individual issues so this was great. I love that all the covers, including alternates were included at the back of the book. The art is so lovely and that is what initially drew me in. I am interested to see what happens next with this story as new issues come out. Thank you to Netgalley and Aspen Comics for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jake
    January 1, 1970
    Not a bad series but not a good one either. Discovery and science have always been something of a common theme that clashes with themes of religion. But to be honest, I always got that from watching Castlevania. Bringing Earth explorers into this whole thing is an interesting concept but I feel that the series should have been told from their point of view. Because while Remi and her allies offer an interesting look into their world, there's nothing going for it aside from the antagonistic Not a bad series but not a good one either. Discovery and science have always been something of a common theme that clashes with themes of religion. But to be honest, I always got that from watching Castlevania. Bringing Earth explorers into this whole thing is an interesting concept but I feel that the series should have been told from their point of view. Because while Remi and her allies offer an interesting look into their world, there's nothing going for it aside from the antagonistic church. Again it would've been more interesting to see the 'lost tribe' compare this to the religious times of Earth. As my college professors like to point out, science was never an enemy to religion; the whole reason there was a clash was because of personal grudges against people. The church just practiced bad faith to fool themselves into thinking that their way is the only way.This series had potential but its execution of its search for truth feels underwhelming. In today's day and age, it'd more effective if the truth seekers had to face ultraconservatives and ultraprogressives instead of a story told many times before.
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'Artifact One Volume 1' by J.T. Krul with art by Romina Moranelli is a story about a strange world and a clash between religion and science.Remi is a relic hunter on a strange world. One day she finds a very unusual artifact and takes it back to her father. The village leaders find Remi and her father to be heretical, and Remi finds herself on the run. She finds a place to hide and a new life, and discovers something really strange about the world she lives on.The story about religion versus 'Artifact One Volume 1' by J.T. Krul with art by Romina Moranelli is a story about a strange world and a clash between religion and science.Remi is a relic hunter on a strange world. One day she finds a very unusual artifact and takes it back to her father. The village leaders find Remi and her father to be heretical, and Remi finds herself on the run. She finds a place to hide and a new life, and discovers something really strange about the world she lives on.The story about religion versus science is familiar and a bit heavy handed. The story does have some twists and turns, and by the end, I was interested to find out where this story will go. The art is beautiful in style and color. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Aspen Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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  • Sarah Z
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The artwork in this graphic novel was beautiful. I enjoyed the story, the world building and the characters. The story is literally just getting started and Im hooked enough that Im curious to see where it all goes. The characters are great, with Rémi, a young, intelligent female explorer, being the main focus. Shes on a quest to find truth, discover things, and try to make sense of her past and current I received an ARC of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The artwork in this graphic novel was beautiful. I enjoyed the story, the world building and the characters. The story is literally just getting started and I’m hooked enough that I’m curious to see where it all goes. The characters are great, with Rémi, a young, intelligent female explorer, being the main focus. She’s on a quest to find truth, discover things, and try to make sense of her past and current world. She must be careful though because according to the current world order, she has been dubbed a heretic. With her always being on the move she has the opportunity to meet different people and it’s in the last place where she discovers some people that might be the key to unlocking the past. Great start to an interesting series. Looking forward to the next installment.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    Well, the sting at the end of Issue One was a lot better than the clunky, WTF-ness of the one at the end of Issue Four. This is a really readable and attractive sci-fantasy, with a religious dogma layering it on thick in a semi-primitive society of people who look like the Cardassians crossed with the natives of Pandora from Avatar. Luckily we have an attractive (of a sort she is an alien) young female whose father was a maverick scientist, so she's going to head off to find out what the heck Well, the sting at the end of Issue One was a lot better than the clunky, WTF-ness of the one at the end of Issue Four. This is a really readable and attractive sci-fantasy, with a religious dogma layering it on thick in a semi-primitive society of people who look like the Cardassians crossed with the natives of Pandora from Avatar. Luckily we have an attractive (of a sort – she is an alien) young female whose father was a maverick scientist, so she's going to head off to find out what the heck her inheritance might mean. There's a lot that might feel familiar here, especially on the side of the many token baddies, but there's still enough freshness – and the entertainment is certainly helped by the opening reveal. A strong four stars.
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  • Laurie (AFozenBookParadise)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for a review. This has not influenced my opinion.This was great. The plot was very intriguing and I loved the lead Remi. The work was very interesting with many mysteries spread out, like why does a seemingly alien planet with aliens have NASA tech? I'm obsessed with the more pastel colour palette and the character designs. It gave a really unique feel to the entire story and I loved how the colour reflected the different areas. The art was 4.5 I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for a review. This has not influenced my opinion.This was great. The plot was very intriguing and I loved the lead Remi. The work was very interesting with many mysteries spread out, like why does a seemingly alien planet with aliens have NASA tech? I'm obsessed with the more pastel colour palette and the character designs. It gave a really unique feel to the entire story and I loved how the colour reflected the different areas. The art was very good quality and the character was very expressive with their faces and movements which helped propel me through the series.I will be eagerly awaiting the next volume.
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  • Disaster Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Artifact One is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel. It centers around an alien planet where their government is ruled by religion and science is seen as the work of evil. In this way it is a familiar story to one that we have often seen throughout history. The main character, Remi, is curious. Something that often gets her into trouble.The artwork in this novel enhance the reading to new levels. And the story itself showed that sometimes the quest for the truth can be painful.5/5 stars. I Artifact One is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel. It centers around an alien planet where their government is ruled by religion and science is seen as the work of evil. In this way it is a familiar story to one that we have often seen throughout history. The main character, Remi, is curious. Something that often gets her into trouble.The artwork in this novel enhance the reading to new levels. And the story itself showed that sometimes the quest for the truth can be painful.5/5 stars. I will definitely be looking for the next issue. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    At first, I thought this was just another religious conflict story except with aliens in space. The priest(s) droning on was boring and made me skip ahead, even the art wasn't enough to save those scenes. I enjoyed the art and how the colors melded together. I liked the twist at the end of issue one. It was a nice hook to get us to continue reading. Though, I'm not sure if the hook at the end of the volume was enough to keep me reading the series.ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in At first, I thought this was just another religious conflict story except with aliens in space. The priest(s) droning on was boring and made me skip ahead, even the art wasn't enough to save those scenes. I enjoyed the art and how the colors melded together. I liked the twist at the end of issue one. It was a nice hook to get us to continue reading. Though, I'm not sure if the hook at the end of the volume was enough to keep me reading the series.ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kellie
    January 1, 1970
    **I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**I was so surprised by this comic and just got better by the end of it! It has such an interesting story and I really enjoyed the build up of the world and the introduction to our main character.One of the strongest things with this comic is that they really succeeded to create interested cliffhangers by the end of every issue.I am so intrigued to have this series will continue!
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  • K B
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fantastic graphic novel! The plot was a little predictable, but it was cool, kind of like a fairytale retelling. My favorite thing about it was the art style, it was so beautiful and the colors were really appealing. I also loved the way Remi's species looked. Overall, this felt like Indiana Jones meets Disney in space, which is pretty great if you ask me. Thank you to NetGalley and Aspen Comics for the free copy.
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  • Jax Quenault
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 1/5 StarsUnfortunately I highly disliked this graphic novel, I wasn't fond of the art style and character design and I wasn't invested in the story or the characters, so this was another one that I found myself DNFing. I found the art style and colour palette just very strange and it felt as if they didn't fit together and for me, some of the characters looked extremely similar so it made it quite difficult to follow.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This surprised me. I found the world interesting and is very reminiscent of our history (Christianity and inquisition). The art was gorgeous and very colourful. I'm sorry curious about how this will continue,especially with that cliffhanger!
  • Sofia | Bookstagram Nerdy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for the review copySo we are following a more sciency girl in a world where religion is huge and she encounters some strange stuffFor me the story moves to fast to keep me interested .Love the art but there are things that should be explained better
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    *I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exhange for an honest review.*The art of this comic is beautiful! I really enjoyed the plot and I look forward to seeing Remi figure out what the mysterious object is and what it's symbol means.
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: graphic violence, death of parent At first, I thought this was a medieval fantasy, what with the persecution of scientists/alchemists by a religious order, with the exception being that the people look like aliens. And I was kinda right, since this does concern aliens, but in a very different perspective than we usually expect from alien sci-fi stories. Remi, like her scientist father, is an explorer and very interested in observing nature and figuring out how things work, both things Warnings: graphic violence, death of parent At first, I thought this was a medieval fantasy, what with the persecution of scientists/alchemists by a religious order, with the exception being that the people look like aliens. And I was kinda right, since this does concern aliens, but in a very different perspective than we usually expect from alien sci-fi stories. Remi, like her scientist father, is an explorer and very interested in observing nature and figuring out how things work, both things shunned by the religion of their land, so they usually are low-key about it. When someone sells them out, though, she is forced to go into hiding, and she is also carrying a mysterious artifact made of an unusual metal she found during her exploring. She moves from place to place, trying to be out of the radar of the soldiers. She tries to investigate the artifact on her own and finds some answers, but it leaves us with more questions. When I first saw the artifact, I was operating on a certain theory as to what it means on this planet, so I was surprised by the actual twist towards the end. It is a different angle for this kind of story, and it also has me interested in what has happened since then, and why the religious order resembles a particular religious doctrine from Earth. The artwork has pleasing aesthetics and I like the character design for the most part! I still have a lot of questions about Remi's society and why the artwork made certain choices, but I suppose those will be answered in future volumes. For now, this was quite an interesting start!Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Aspen Comics, via Edelweiss.
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  • Kylie Plester
    January 1, 1970
    Artifact 1 is a beautiful visual world that many graphic novel fans will enjoy. We follow the story of Remi on her journey to discover the significance of an artifact that the readers will be familiar with. It is an interesting place that Remi lives, with conflicting ideas among its citizens. Its also so visually interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to discover this beautiful tale via Netgalley.com.
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