Adam Mann

The affable everyman who narrates the opening story of RIDERS IN THE STORM is called ADAM MANN (34 years old, star sign Cancer). Everybody who knows Adam would call him both mild-mannered and old-fashioned as virtues go, and Adam would be the last to disagree. In fact, Adam would perhaps have liked to have been born at a simpler time or, at least, at a time that changes more slowly. He inherited a TV-repair shop from his father but his hopes of a calm life sunk with the advent of disposable technology. His then-girlfriend despaired over his lack of prospects almost as much as over his inability to worry too much, so she left him for a truck driver (feeling that there will always be a future in transport).

Adam tried expanding his business in a dozen different ways but had no real head for it, so it was by luck more than anything else that he happened to have a record store at the moment when vinyl came back into fashion. That brief influx of capital enabled Adam to buy an antique BMW bike, which was a dream he has had since childhood. When riding that bike Adam forgets his worries, forgets the present and imagines himself thundering through a landscape in some bygone days of monochromatic photography and shy damsels who never seriously consider truck drivers …

All of this, of course, changed dramatically with the events depicted in the first episode of RIDERS IN THE STORM comic book. At the end of that story Adam was literally not the man he used to be. The alien machine bits that his organism was involuntarily fused with and the vast knowledge of the malevolent supercomputer lodged in his head perhaps only temporarily, made for the ultimate irony: the man who longed for the past became the first of the future men.

But, for how long will Adam Mann remain human? Will the machine or the human side of him prevail, will the mind of a mild-mannered everyman be able to outweigh the tyrannical influence of artificial intelligence? Only time will tell …