Wildfire #1 (Image/Top Cow)

CREDIT: Image Comics

Rating: 4.5/5 – A Tale of Science Run Amok!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

The scariest stories to me are the ones with that glimmer of “this could really happen”.  That’s why a creepy clown with a knife dripping blood is scarier than a giant creature that could only exist in a nightmare.  There aren’t any knife wielding clowns in this story by Matt Hawkins, but he uses his trademark “real science and technology ripped from the internet” that serves him in good stead over on Think Tank to weave a story of science run amok.

We just get the beginning of the story here, but thanks to the flash forward at the beginning (a narrative device I usually dislike, but used to good effect here) we get a taste for where this runaway train is headed once it leaves the rails.  Linda Sejic does a masterful job illustrating this very understated story.  We mostly have a bunch of people standing and sitting around talking, in labs, TV studios, houses and auditoriums, but I was pulled into the story from the get-go and didn’t come out of the world until the end of the issue, a hallmark of engaging storytelling.

Thanks to a bunch of health-food conscious people at my day job, I’ve heard the tales of woe and misery that will befall all who eat GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).  I don’t necessarily believe all the horror stories of how bad these are for us, but I can appreciate using this as a jumping off point for a tale of exactly how bad scientists can screw things up when they start messing with the natural order of things.  Let’s file the sequence of events kicked off in this issue under “they should have known better” and I’m excited to be along for the ride as Hawkins and Sejic play out the story for us.  The pace will certainly accelerate as nature opens up a can of whoop-ass on the human race that dared mess with mother nature…

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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