From top to bottom: The Prophet, Greer, Steeplejack
In the year 2054
, humans have all but replaced their bodies with lifelike replacements called "surrogates". Violent crimes are down and everyone gets to have the body of their dreams
, but beneath society's polished facade not all is well. Tensions between mainstream society and an anti-surrogate religious group led by "The Prophet" continue to fester, while surrogates turn up destroyed by a mysterious, superhuman figure.
Police Detective Greer becomes a victim of the anti-surrogate crimes, and to catch the perp he must venture out of his home without a surrogate for the first time in years. As the case progresses, Greer himself begins to doubt the benefits of living life through proxies.
There's also a prequel
titled The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone
, taking place 15 years prior to the original story. It goes more in-depth in Greer and The Prophet's backstories as well as the initial stages of surrogate integration into society.The Surrogates
has also been adapted into a film named Surrogates
(note, no "The"), starring Bruce Willis
This work provides examples of:
- And That's Terrible: Steeplejack plans to wipe out every functioning surrogate, vandalism on a large scale. Greer is horrified.
- They would have probably killed a lot of people just by taking out the Surrogates, via collateral damage. See Fridge Logic.
- The Beautiful Elite
- Big Applesauce: Averted. The comic is set in Central Georgia Metropolis.
- Bittersweet Ending
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain: A plot point, since Steeplejack harnesses electrical energy from lightning to fry his victims.
- Driven to Suicide: Greer's wife
- Everybody Lives: Well, almost everyone.
- The Faceless: Steeplejack
- Film Noir
- Fighting a Shadow: humanity has become a non-villainous example, mostly
- Furry Fandom: Noticeably averted. See the Headscratchers page.
- Genius Cripple: Lionel Canter
- Grey and Gray Morality: The anti-surrogate side has engaged in rioting and destruction, but also has a point that using surrogates removes all risk and sense of living. The pro-surrogate side has seen surrogate users kill non-surrogate users and plans on doing it again at the risk of losing their surrogates, but surrogate use has dropped crime, improved public health, and promoted gender equality.
- I Am What I Am
- Myself My Avatar
- Not Quite Dead: A consequence of the switch to surrogates is that murders become exceedingly rare, since humans almost never venture out of their homes in person anymore. What would have been a murder in present-day real life is reduced to property damage and the surrogate owner can simply buy a new one and resume daily life. Of course, damaging your real body can still kill you...
- Remote Body
- Robo Cam: why did the Data-miners need a surrogate? they could have saved time and money by transmitting straight to the VRchair
- Samus Is a Girl: Crossgender surrogates are common.
- Shock and Awe: Steeplejack
- Stepford Smiler: Greer's wife
- Twenty Minutes into the Future
- Unusual User Interface
- Well-Intentioned Extremist