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CBR Reader, 75 MB.Overview:
This innovative, thought provoking and outright bizarre series focuses on Automatic Kafka; a robotic superhero from a JLA/Avengers-esque superhero team called the $trangers that disbanded years ago and are either clinging to celebrity status any way they can or are, like Kafka, wasting their lives with drugs and sex.
This brilliant title would tragically be cancelled in just 9 issues. At least Casey and Wood got to end it well. Automatic Kafka
Ashley Wood artistDownload Instructions:Automatic Kafka 1Automatic Kafka 2Automatic Kafka 3Automatic Kafka 4Automatic Kafka 5Automatic Kafka 6Automatic Kafka 7Automatic Kafka 8Automatic Kafka 9
Joe Casey writer
Published by Wildstorm, 2007.
Issue #1 Metal Music Machine Jan. 1, 2007
Issue #2 The Warning Jan. 1, 2007
Issue #3 The Million Dollar Detail Jan. 1, 2007
Issue #4 Lil' Folks Jan. 1, 2007
Issue #5 Just A Bill Jan. 1, 2007
Issue #6 Tantric, Toxic, Tail Jan. 1, 2007
Issue #7 This Wheel's On Fire Jan. 1, 2007
Issue #8 Fried Egg Mystery Jan. 1, 2007
Issue #9 Ol' Glory Hole Jan. 1, 2007
Automatic Kafka is a nine-issue comic book limited series written by Joe Casey with art by Ashley Wood. It was published in 2002 by DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint.
The series followed the life of Automatic Kafka, an android who had been a member of a mass-marketed superhero group called the $tranger$ during the 1980s. After the team breaks up, Kafka is lost, looking for a new direction in life. The comic follows Kafka as he tries different ways of becoming human: drugs, sex and fame among them. The series also visits Kafka's former teammates who each have adapted to their life post-$tranger$ in their own way.
The series begins with Automatic Kafka's first nanotecheroin trip. As Kafka ponders where his life has gone since the $tranger$ disbanded, The Warning is approached by the National Park Service who want to use Automatic Kafka for clandestine missions. Kafka avoids being trapped into service with the NPS by doing celebrity product endorsements and later hosting a lethal gameshow called The Million Dollar Detail.
After an issue focusing on a side character, the series moves to The Constitution of the United States, who leads a group of mercenaries in an attack on a jungle camp. As he finishes, a mysterious flight of military planes bombs the camp with exploding babies. He then returns to the United States, where he embarks on a career as a porn star.
Meanwhile, Kafka and Helen of Troy are enjoying a tryst when The Warning summons them to a social call with an old arch-enemy, Galaxia. Helen and Kafka both balk at the reunion, but eventually warm to the experience. Shortly thereafter, The Warning tricks Galaxia and kills him to power a machine that manufactures the mysterious exploding babies.
As Kafka wrestles with the suicide note left by his drug-dealer/assistant, a phantom butterfly arrives to "rescue" him "from the possible tedium of another so-called 'story arc'." The butterfly takes him to a comic shop, where he meets Joe Casey and Ashley Wood. The authors explain to Kafka that "You've been operating under different rules than most superheroes. You're part of an ongoing marketing experiment. Kids aren't flocking to superheroes like the used to, so now we've got superheroes for adults." Because they do not want to share their creation with other writers and artists, Casey and Wood erase Kafka as the last issue ends.
"Our life belong to us alone... Life long, or short. Well, or poorly. We decided... Live this one life proudly. Without Shame!"
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