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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.
- 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
- Fridge Logic: See the Headscratchers page.
- Furry Fandom: Noticeably averted. See the Headscratchers page.
- Genius Cripple: Lionel Canter
- 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...
- Post Cyber Punk
- 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
- They Wasted A Perfectly Good Setting: See the Headscratchers page.
- Twenty Minutes Into the Future
- Unusual User Interface
- Well-Intentioned Extremist