Alethia holds a special place in my heart.

The story follows an amnesiac robot (later named Jun) who falls from the sky and travels from factory to factory solving “production” problems. She doesn’t know who she is, but as an outsider she can more easily spot the inconsistencies in the societies she visits, exposing their flaws and the illogicalness of their rules.

Because yes!! Everyone is a robot left behind by some ancient creator race, who never returned. The robots follow their programming, regardless of whether they understand the whys or not. If you work at the movie factory, you will make movies. It doesn’t matter if there are no creators left to watch them, we can showcase them to the other robots! It doesn’t matter if the movies follow tropes and archetypes we do not understand, they are following the guidelines left behind by the creators, those have to mean something we just can’t grasp!

Each factory is different in design and purpose, and each story focuses on its own specific theme. Alethia goes very deep into the topic of identity, creativity, social and belief systems, personal freedom and one’s place in the world. It is, at its core, a story that focuses a lot on feminist ideas and how women are often forced and made to love certain positions within society, and questioning the reasons may not be well regarded.

Alethia is a story deeply concerned with its message and themes, which I honestly find quite refreshing. It’s not everyday I read a comic that’s so clearly the result of the author’s philosophizing about their experiences.

It’s GOOD.