Boy 1 #1 (IDW)



Rating: 3/5 – Near Future Adventures in Genetics.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

There seem to be a lot of sci-fi comics popping up lately in a wide variety of sci-fi sub-genres.  This one is set at an indeterminate time that seems to not be too far in the future.  Our main character, Jadas, works in an Epigenetics lab at Genomyne Bioworks, which sent me to the internet to do some reading.  Epigenetics deals with variations that are caused by external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off and affect how cells read genes instead of being caused by changes in the DNA sequence.  So, I learned something almost right out of the gate.

H.S. Tak is building a world not that different from the one outside the window and trying to keep it plausible while adding in enough extras to make the story interesting.  He succeeds for the most part.  The art by Amancay Nahuelpan is solid, but has a journeyman feel to it.  It seems like Nahuelpan has a really solid base and will grow as the years go by, but there is definitely room to grow.

Boy 1 deals with the conflicting forces of profit and working for the benefit of mankind.   Make people better, cure disease, and all the great things that go along with it, but ultimately the companies funding the research care about the bottom line.  The almighty dollar rules.  Nothing new there, an age old conflict, but always an interesting launchpad for a story.  Of course we get to the sinister underbelly of it pretty quickly, with Jadas stumbling upon a sinister mystery unveiled and feeling compelled to investigate.  Will he find the answers easily?  Of course not, otherwise we wouldn’t have a story.  A decent setup here and unique enough to get me to come back for #2 to see what happens next.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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