Narrative adventure 2064: Read Only Memories, which has been downloaded by more than 1 million gamers, expands to print today as issue #1 of the Read Only Memories (ROM) comic becomes available online and in brick and mortar stores.
The four part series comes from a joint venture between game developer MidBoss and IDW Publishing, whose licensed adaptations include Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Wars. The latest addition to the ROM universe promotes intersectional themes of diversity, social issues and technology ahead of the upcoming cyberpunk adventure, ROM: NEURODIVER.
Following the events of 2064, Lexi Rivers quit the Neo-San Francisco police department and has settled into an action-packed life as a private investigator. The effects of AI sentience have rippled across the globe and through the beach town of Santa Cruz. When a robot hires Lexi to look for their missing human lover, a simple job turns deadly as she mixes with the mega-rich who live on high and the gangs of sentient and angry AI running amok below.
The futuristic mystery combines the talents of writer Sina Grace, whose work includes Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men and Iceman as well as Boom! Studios’ Go Go Power Rangers, and Stefano Simeone’s colorful art style previously seen in AfterShock Comics’ Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated and works in franchises including Disney’s Star Wars and more from Dark Horse and Boom! Studios.
“Lexi is brought to life by the masterful talents of Sina and Stefano,” said Cade Peterson, CEO of MidBoss. “With IDW’s help, we’ve created a new way for fans to go deeper into the world they love while also creating an introduction to the ROM setting for newcomers and furthering our mission statement of creating more media with diverse representation.”