People like to imagine how their lives would be different if they made a different choice. How tough can a choice be? You go left or right. You put on your blue tie or red tie. You kill as many as it takes to keep you and your family alive or you die. Wait, what? The utterly insane and unpredictable day for Luke continues in Clone #3. Tough choices come hard and fast in this fast-paced issue.
WRITTEN BY: David Shulner
ART BY: Juan Jose Ryp
PUBLISHED BY: Image / Skybound
RELEASE: January 9th, 2013
Our main clone, Luke, is thrust into more and more impossible decisions in our latest issue. So far, we have at least three clones each with their own agendas. Luke just wants to get his wife and unborn child home safe. Patrick, the evil manipulative clone, wants Luke to make a choice: become a human and kill all the other look-alikes or stay a clone. And then there’s our third super-spy clone who is trying to help Luke and stop Patrick.
If this sounds confusing, don’t worry. Shulner’s writing and Ryp’s crisp and heavily detailed art keeps everything clear despite every other character looking the same. Each clone has its own style and voice which may be tricky down the road if more are given room to grow. However, it works well here with some twists that reminded me of the face mask gimmick from the Mission: Impossible films. It’s cool to see it but hopefully it doesn’t become a common tactic.
The themes of survival and protecting family run rampant through this chapter. The subplot with the Vice President being forced to choose between country and family pushes through succinctly. I look forward to when these two very different storylines converge. The action and all the moving parts are fast paced yet easy to follow in this issue.
Being shown piles of dead bodies is traumatic enough. Now imagine how you would feel if the choice you had to make was to add to that pile until you were the last one. Oh, and the corpse pile all looked like you. Yeah, good luck, Luke. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady