Thursday, March 19, 2015

Clone: First Generation Graphic Novel Review

Clone is a mystery in duplicity. The narrative is action-packed and the pacing of the book is fast and frantic. Clones are constantly interacting with each other with deadly violence, so much so that it’s hard to keep track of which clone is killing which. All the violence is the result of a top-secret government experiment that has been undermined by Facebook—yes, that Facebook. The art by Juan Jose Ryp is highly detailed, using black shading and bright highlights. The art adds a dark realism to the book, helping to tell the story. Deadly gunplay between a pair of clones starts the story, setting a violent tone for the rest of the read. The clones are in kill-or-be-killed mode in the never-ending quest to be the original gen-1 clone. The public exposure of the clones controversy sets up even more murderous government corruption, resulting in some brutally violent scenes in the book. The last issue ends on a cliffhanger, leaving the reader wanting more. A top contender for the original is brought in front of, what just may be, his father after he attempts to rescue his wife from the government. Clone makes for an exciting, fast-paced read.

Special thanks goes out to Queen City Bookstore and Artvoice newspaper.

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