Review: Clone #3

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Will Dr. Luke Taylor’s descent into the government’s most secretive project shed light on his origins? Or is he just the next in line to fall victim to his evil “brother?” In this country, not all clones are created equal…

Clone continues this month with issue #3. The story is written by David Schulner with art by Juan Jose Ryp. Felix Serrano provides colors with Rus Wooton covering letters. Clone is one of Images’ new series that may have flown under some people’s radar. With 3 issues out now, did we make a mistake not paying attention to this book?

clone 3 coverThe story starts with Patrick leading Luke to a holding cell. The two men talk about the clones using the Biblical story of Esau and Jacob. Patrick says that he, Luke, and all the other Clones are brothers fighting for their birthright as the Bible story teaches. Luke is placed in a cell while Luke’s wife Amelia is forced to give birth. This story is interlaid with two other story sections. A team is trying to get in and rescue Luke and the Vice President’s storyline thickens as the embryonic stem cell bill comes to a vote. The VP is the deciding vote, but will he vote party wise or try to do what will benefit his sick daughter best?

Schulner crafts a brilliant narrative with superb character moments. There is action in this issue, but the selling point is the character interactions and dialogue. The scene between Patrick and Luke are terrific and could have even been a little longer. I would have liked another few panels after Luke is shown the shocking scene of a pit full of dead clones (it’s on the cover, it’s not that big a spoiler). The Vice President’s story is complex and helps broaden him from just a straightforward bad guy to a more shady character. The art is great save for two odd choices. There’s a scene in the Vice President’s home with an odd “camera” angle that made me do a double take. Other than a few small quibbles, the art is fantastic and helps improve an already great script.

Bottom Line: Clones is quickly becoming one of Images’ best series. I’ll admit this one flew under my radar, but I’ve quickly rectified this mishap. What could have easily been another take on an old and clichéd sci-fi theme has become a great and compelling story. Don’t make the same mistake I did, go give Clone a chance 4.5/5

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