Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
With Memetic, James Tynion IV showed us an apocalypse that was caused from a simple image on the internet. As a spiritual successor to Memetic, Cognetic #1 shows that Tynion IV isn’t done ending the world yet, this time using the concept of a hivemind. Eryk Donovan once again joins the writer in a three-issue miniseries that stands on its own with a debut that will delight those who read the last series as well as new readers.
Cognetic follows Annie, a relatable character who has done great things for the FBI while remaining behind the scenes. Despite being much more competent than all of her coworkers, Annie prefers to elevate the work of others while staying in her position quietly, but is thrusted into a position where she needs to save humanity. Tynion IV does well at introducing the character naturally through dialogue between Annie and her wife, and easily makes her feel human. The other characters are mostly introduced through the story’s exposition, with repetitive themes that certainly feels a little overdone at times.
The story takes the idea of a psychic wanting to take control of humanity using its hivemind, and with that comes quite a bit of lines about humanity not having control and themes of that nature. While it feels a bit repetitive at times, it doesn’t hold the issue back as much as it could due to the issue having 48 pages to establish everything else. The eerie dialogue about humanity losing control is thrown in between scenes of mass suicide, and the world trying to understand what’s happening. The story is thrilling, and fans of science fiction will find a lot to like as Annie works to prevent the apocalypse.
Eryk Donovan’s art is perfect for Cognetic, much as it was for Memetic. Fans of the last series will find that this new series feels the same as the last, which isn’t a bad thing. Donovan’s art is gritty and bold, with panels that almost feel cinematic at times. Many scenes are nothing short of epic in scale, and allow for Donovan to get rather creative with panel layouts.