A Chilling Medical Thriller: DUPLICANT #1 Review
DUPLICANT #1 Review
Set in the future during a pandemic of organ failure, a scientist becomes a victim of his own life saving technology.
Writer/Creator: Karla Nappi
Art: Marianna Strychowska
Lettering/Production: Josh Reed
Cover linework: Leila Del Duca
Cover colors: Owen Gieni
Duplicant is described as a “diverse-cast medical thriller” dystopian future, biopunk, sci-fi comic. As I was reading about the series on their Kickstarter page, which is fully funded and ended, I saw where creator, Karla Nappi, mentioned being inspired by the movie Repo: the Genetic Opera, which immediately intrigued me. Duplicant is a 56-page comic book collecting the first two issues of the series.
The story is written so well, and so believably, it’s chilling. Panic over a pandemic, medical debt ruining lives, the struggle of morality in medicine and technologic advancements – these are all things that are very real, all taken to a terrifying new level. Duplicant is an excellent, page-turning thriller in a future that leaves readers unsure of who to trust or where to turn. We follow the life saving scientist, Matt Travors, as he tries to solve the mystery of why his technology has failed someone it was supposed to save. While investigating, he begins to uncover more dark truths about the Duplicant Act and the company that’s supposed to be helping him save lives – Regenerist.
The interior art is beautiful, clean, and detailed. Marianna Strychowska does a fantastic job bringing this dystopian world to life, between slick, futuristic looking tech, as well as taking us into the darker subjects, like illness and death. Besides the fantastic interiors, the cover art for Duplicant is gorgeous as well. Both issues one and two are done by Leila Del Duca and Owen Gieni, and perfectly capture the feel of the books.
You can feel the inspirations there for Duplicant, but it is definitely it’s own unique story. A gripping mystery with a chilling sci-fi vision of the future, with beautifully rendered art. What more could you ask for? Follow this comic book series on Facebook!
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DUPLICANT #1 Review