One of the best comics of the year, full of incredible depth of characterization, unexpected turns, difficult resolutions, and broad themes dealt with using pinpoint precision. It’s one of the rare works that yields deeper meaning each time it’s revisited, and where not a single panel of narrative is wasted: each development furthers a promise made to the reader that we are in the hands of a creator who is taking the questions he asks seriously.
Earth-shattering sci-fi. Upgrade Soul has profound things to say about mortality, aging, identity and the fundamental sense of self. Every choice, every component of Upgrade Soul simply works.
A skillfully told, beautifully illustrated tale that is all at once a love story; thought-provoking sf; a meditation on aging, identity, and race; as well as a terrifying, visceral thriller.
Masterfully crafted. Daniels’s prose is haunting and cinematic, and his storytelling structure is magnificent, but his greatest talents lie in his artwork, which uses thin lines and surreal imagination to mix beauty and deformity to a point where the two are indistinguishable from one another.
This is science fiction at its best.
A stunning work of feverish imagining, snarky satire, and necessary skepticism.
A dazzling, disturbing piece of science fiction that examines aging, family and science gone wrong. It’ll grip you from the first page on.
Innovative and exquisitely drawn. Immersive, touching sci-fi.
I loved Upgrade Soul—it hooked me from the first image and held me, enthralled, to the last. This is the best kind of thoughtful/thought-through science fiction, but it’s also a frightening, spooky, fast-paced thriller, and several different kinds of love stories. All with a great cast of characters. This guy Ezra Claytan Daniels knows what he’s doing and gets it done right.
A beautiful work of deep emotional resonance. It transcends the medium of comics, settling comfortably in the realm of literature. Nothing short of a masterpiece.
Thoughtful and beautifully illustrated science fiction. Ezra Claytan Daniels has created a masterful comic book experience.
Upgrade Soul is that rare breed of science fiction that thoroughly satisfies as both high and low entertainment: a brainy, detailed, complex plot, that’s equally enjoyable as a visceral suspense story.
Brilliant. One of the best comics I’ve read in years.
Science Fiction has a new holy tome.