Review: Clone #8
Death comes for every clone. For Luke Taylor, it’s just arrived sooner.
Clone continues this month with issue #8. The story is written by David Schulner, Aaron Ginsburg, and Wade McIntyre. Juan Jose Ryp provides art, Andy Troy handles colors, and Rus Wooton tackles lettering. So does Clone deliver or are the copies starting to go bad?
Last issue we saw the big bad Beta clone attack the compound Luke Taylor and the other good clones were hiding. Luke, his father, and a few others barely escaped with their life, but Luke’s Assinik Disorder acted up after years of dormancy. There’s only one person his father can take him to if he hopes to save Luke’s life- his mother. Luke’s mother lives on a reservation and takes a more naturalistic approach than her ex-husband’s hard science. Luke is laid up trying to recover while the others plan. The other part of the story focuses on Luke’s wife and how she’s surviving in the compound in which she and her baby are held captive. A new guard has been assigned and the tattooed clone of Luke has been reassigned to cleaning duties. The new guard tries to take some special privileges with his new assignment, and Amelia’s only hope is convincing the tattooed clone to save her. Can Luke survive his mother’s treatment? Can Amelia get the help she desperately needs? Whatever happened to the injured Beta clone?
Schulner, Ginsburg, and McIntyre write an apt issue. The parts with Amelia and the science experiments going on with her child are solid, but things feel a little weird with Luke and his mother. They just take him to the reservation, his mom whips up a natural cure, and after sleeping for a little while he’s good to go. We get a more scientific explanation for his disorder and why he’s starting to get sick, but the magic fix-up from his mother feels a little out of place with the other more scientific things going on in the story. Ryp’s art and Troy’s colors are fantastic as always. They craft some great action scenes, bring the emotion when needed, and keep things feeling fast-paced and tense.
Bottom Line: Clone #8 continues the story and offers up a few more ideas, but it feels like more of a downbeat compared with the previous issues. 3.5/5
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