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The Encoded

Splintered Souls

Created by Josh Blaylock / Illustrated by Jethro Morales and Carlos Rodriguez
Published by Devil's Due Comics
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

The breakout action packed, seductive series with a twist on the class "Man vs. Machine" theme is now collected in a 144 page trade paperback!

The Encoded takes readers to the year 2055...the world runs on almost magical A.I. technology, but it came with a cost of following a messy war against the self-aware A.I. "AURELIUS", brought on by our own human shortcomings, humanity must now coexist alongside the disconnected, sentient robot creators of the dead cyber-god.

They must endure never ending digital network shutdowns, triggered at random, to prevent future self-aware technology from being born, and in a world where every movement is tracked and recorded, these "Analog Protocol" shutdowns are a great time to settle scores.

Now civilization is fractured between the hi-tech societies of their time, secret places where only machines dwell, and a growing movement of people forsaking any post-internet era technology know as the ANCHORITES.

About The Authors


Josh Blaylock has been a nationally recognized comic book author and artist since his self-publishing debut in 1996. His fame rose in the early 2000s with the formation of Devil’s Due Comics, and the acquisition of the then-dormant G.I. Joe comic book license, which he re-launched in partnership with Image Comics to the top of the charts, and ignited an entire resurgence of 1980s cartoon properties in the comic book space. In addition to dozens of different comic books written in his career, his creator-owned series Mercy Sparx, published by Devil’s Due, was optioned for film by MGM Studios in 2020. Other notable work includes the political tribute (and satire) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis? (receiving over 1 billion media impressions around the globe),  the graphic novel  thriller Operation Nemesis, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and the non-fiction prose How to Self-Publish Comics: Not Just Create Them (made required reading at Savannah College of Art & Design). Outside of comics, Blaylock is a recognized expert in the cryptocurrency space, leading to the creation of The Bitcoin Comic Handbook, a guide to understanding the disruptive technology. Josh’s current active comic book projects continue to be Mercy Sparx and the sci-fi / fantasy series ArkWorld  and The Encoded. 


Mark Powers is the writer who created several of the graphic novels adapted The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher and co-writer of The Encoded from Devil's Due comics. He is a writer at Mega Powers Entertainment and a producer at Volta. At Mega Powers Entertainment he has written comic books and graphic adaptations for various companies including Drafted, Rest, GI Joe, and adaptations of The Dresden Files. He was also a Senior Editor at Marvel managing the X-Men line of titles.

About The Illustrators

Product Details

  • Publisher: Devil's Due Comics (May 2, 2023)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781957078977

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