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Review: ‘Clone’ #1

“They’re coming for her, Luke. And they’re coming for you.”
“Who is?”
“One of US.”
With your normal life gone, what do you do next? What makes you…you?
This is how Dr. Luke Taylor’s morning begins on the day his entire life changes in Clone #1.

WRITTEN BY: David Schulner
ART BY: Juan Jose Ryp and Felix Serrano
PUBLISHER: Skybound Imprint / Image Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: 21 November 2012

I really enjoy the frenetic pace of this book. This is a first issue that impresses the reader from the get-go. Normal Dr. Luke Taylor wakes up one day, goes downstairs and finds a trail of blood leading into his kitchen. From there, things move faster and faster into this new world he is thrust into.

Dr. Taylor’s old life of being a father and happily married man is replaced by something else entirely. It is impossible yet inescapable at the same time. If you could point a warped mirror at yourself, what would you see? Spy? Hitman? Who would you be? How desperate would you be to save your pregnant wife and future family? “Clone” is all about the possibilities, and as the answers have only begun to unravel, I’m really excited to see where Schulner takes the series.

Juan Jose Ryp and Felix Serrano offer up a solid effort on the art side. I can definitely see some influence from Geoff Darrow and maybe some Ron Lim. Both the action and the slower, softer moments really show the artist’s range. Ryp and Serrano seem comfortable with simple and heavy details which bode well for future issues.

“Clone #1” shows great premise and delivers a clear hook for a series where the main character can literally be anything. I’m excited to see the potential explored and all the questions about cloning and how it can absolutely destroy your point of view in life. If HBO ever got into realistic ‘science fiction’ in the same vein as Looper, this would be a good choice for a television series. This “Clone” is unique and worth picking up.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady



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