Review: Clone Vol. 1 TPB
From ROBERT KIRKMAN’s Skybound imprint comes a sci-fi story like you’ve never seen before! Dr. Luke Taylor’s perfect life comes to a dramatic halt when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep with news that he is one of many clones… and they’re all after his pregnant wife and their unborn child!
The first 5 issues of Clone have been collected together in the first volume of the new series from Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint of IMAGE comics. Clone is written by David Schulner with art from Juan Jose Ryp. Felix Serrano provides colors with Rus Wooton tackling lettering. So is this a series worth reading, or is this Clone from a bad batch?
Dr. Luke Taylor has a pretty good life with his pregnant wife. The couple are expecting their first child. Luke is a little hesitant about how good of a father he will be since he grew up without one, but he and his wife Amelia are doing the best they can. Things are going pretty well until a guy who has been shot in the gut crawls into Luke’s kitchen. The thing is the guy looks exactly like Luke. In fact he sort of is Luke. Foss reveals that he and Luke are clones and there are a lot more out there. Luke quickly finds himself pulled into a new world where there are numerous other versions of him running around and one of them is trying to kill all of the others. Of course it all stems from a secret government project. It goes all the way up the chain of command as well. The Vice President is involved, but he turns out to be yet another pawn who isn’t as in control as his masters thought. Amelia is kidnapped and is taken to a lab. They want to run tests on her and see if her baby is actually fathered by Luke. Clones can’t reproduce, if it is really Luke he is either the original all the others are based off of or he is evolving. Luke has to survive, adjust to his new world, find out what his long-last father has to do with everything, get to the bottom of the vast government conspiracy, and save his wife and child. He’s going to be pretty busy.
Schulner writes a fantastic story. He takes a lot of elements we’ve seen in these sci-fi/clone stories and gives it a little twist. You have your mysterious government conspiracy story mixed with some sci-fi and a lot of action. It’s a very fast paced story that gets going after a few pages in the first issues. It never lets up once. After the half issue of set-up, it’s an intense thrillride all the way to the big reveal at the end of issue #5. Ryp’s art and Serrano’s colors are stunning. They keep things pretty realistic and use the panel to pull off some cinematic scenes. There are a lot of close-ups and showing the characters emote.
Bottom Line: Clone is absolutely thrilling. Taken together in the trade paperback, it’s a great story of action and intrigue. Get caught up now so you can jump in on the monthlies. 4.5/5