Indie Comic Smash or Grab Replicator #1 Review
Written by: Robert Arnold
Art by: Armin Ozdic
Colors by: Ross A Campbell
A viral breakout, death spread across a nation, government cover-up, and martial law. These are all events that hit me upon opening the ominous cover to Robert Arnold’s Replicator. The people in London, England are hungry and rioting as they are essentially herded into areas for those who have early symptoms of the viral infection, the Red Death, to be identified and separated from the uninfected.
Flashing back to 18 months prior to the events in the opening prologue to Replicator, we find that trouble is boiling just beneath the surface. Shady deals being made to pass between segregated areas of the town unfold into a crime scene. Who is to blame for this gruesome scene you ask? A seemingly average family. Right in the middle of the accusatory investigation is the main protagonist Ryker, a man just trying to do his job and get home to his wife Sarah. Believe me when I tell you that you will want to follow along this emotional roller coaster of a first issue.
Robert Arnold really knows how to engage his audience with a beautifully scripted first issue. From cover to cover this comic led me to the gripping cliffhanging conclusion. Pacing was well thought out, and won’t leave you questioning which panel to read next. I really have to tip my hat to this issue. It had everything I enjoy reading in a comic with this subject matter. Even though the premise seems familiar to outbreak style titles, it definitely holds its own.
The artwork done by Armis Ozdic and Ross A. Campbell mesh well together with many different tones throughout this first installment of Replicator. Character moods and expression are well communicated and it seems as though this team has worked together before.
Replicator infects the readers with a professionally crafted series of events that will have you wanting to spread the word about it to everyone around you. A definite grab on this indie list as the only downside to this issue is waiting for issue 2 to come out! Follow the Replicator Facebook page or you can come to Outright Geekery’s Indie Comic Facebook Page (Indie Comic Conspiracy ) and interact with the creators, others like them and, fans of the independent comic community.