Brian C. Saunders:
Issue(s): Digitek #1, Digitek #2, Digitek #3, Digitek #4
Deathlok is a guest star, which made me feel like i couldn't ignore it, and Digitek (yes, that's a character name; i couldn't believe it either) will later get a mention during Civil War and a cameo in an issue of Captain Britain & MI13. And the book is firmly rooted in the Marvel UK sub-universe; Mys-Tech is part of the plot, although none of the execs appear on panel.
The art reminds me a little bit of Ken Steacy's art from Marvel Fanfare #22-23, maybe due more to the coloring than the linework.
The art in this book is really more 3-D or photorealistic. But that doesn't make it better.
The story is that the Warheads brought something back from one of their jumps called "protosilicon geoid". The Warheads took it from a "gesalt community", and it's said to be a cellular silicon "which mimics human brain tissue". A company called the Nakasoni Corporation, really a subsidiary/front for Mys-Tech, has hooked the substance into a computer, which has in turn provided blueprints to improve the computer, and the enhanced computer is called Psi-Key. The program is being run by Dr. Jonathan Bryant.
But a rival company called Miracle Systems Inc. has introduced a virus that causes the computer to go haywire. Bryant is caught in the blast and transformed into Digitek.
Bryant/Digitek goes to his wife, Samantha (or Sam). He transfers himself to her through the phoneline. She doesn't believe that Digitek is really her husband.
Meanwhile, Miracle Systems' CEO, Mr. Greville, has hired a group of mercenaries. I saw the gas mask or whatever on the one guy, and i had a fleeting hope that he was Batroc, but no such luck.
Greville tries to download the virus his company hit Nakasoni with (i'm not sure why?) and the mercenaries wind up getting transformed, too.
They're called the Bacillicons, and they go around trying to "delete" Digitek. They are avatars of the virus, and Digitek needs to get to the Psi-Key to purge the virus from it. And that's basically it. The Bacillicons drag Greville around, constantly threatening to delete him but he keeps bargaining by saying that he can find Digitek. And Digitek and the Bacillicons fight basically for three issues, in uninteresting ways due to the limitations of the stiff painted art.
I did say that Deathlok appears, and that's because he's "faxed" in at random by the Psi-Key. He sticks around and helps fight the Bacillicons for a bit...
...and then is randomly faxed back home again.
The fact that Deathlok can be "faxed" proves that non-digitized matter can be faxed, which is helpful later when Digitek wants to transfer Sam.
Digitek and Sam later get help from a friend of Sam's named Marx Jephcott, and they raid Miracle Systems and Digitek de-viruses the Psi-Key. Greville gets digitized too before it's all over.
Cleaning the Psi-Key allows Digitek to take care of Greville, too, and the other Bacillicons have all been de-rezzed. When Mys-Tech sends troops in at the end, Digitek/Jonathan fakes his death, but he rejoins his wife after the funeral.
Digitek looks like some bad Tron fanfic, and all of the art is still, which unfortunately seems to be the norm for painted comics. But more importantly, the story is really bland. I did think these were funny scenes:
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
"This guy reappears in Civil War" is the new "The guy reappears in Quasar" :P
Posted by: Berend | May 10, 2016 1:42 PM
Love the art here. Very 2000AD (natch!)... def prefer this to the aping of Image artists on some of the other UK output.
Posted by: cullen | May 10, 2016 2:54 PM
I have never heard of this comic book in my life.
Posted by: The Goblin | May 15, 2016 6:44 PM
I got one of these issues in a comic 'grab bag' I used to order thought the mail. I didn't hate it. I liked Deathlok at the time and the art was cool.
Posted by: MindlessOne | July 16, 2017 1:31 PM
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