Eugenic #1

From the GLAAD Award-nominated team James Tynion IV (Dark Nights: The Casting, Detective Comics) and Eryk Donovan (Constantine: The Hellblazer) comes a new vision of humanity’s future in the vein of Black Mirror. When a plague ravages the world, one scientist discovers the cure and becomes the savior of mankind. Hope is restored, and the world rebuilds. But then people who took the cure begin having children who are… unnatural, and the definition of “normal” is forever altered.

There are times when I finish the first issue of a book and am in such awe that I don’t even know where to begin. Although I hesitate to get overly excited at the start of a new title, sometimes you just have to go with it. The impact of the first issue for Eugenic was just so strong that I’m going to do just that and go with the excitement.

It’s a very real possibility that a disastrous virus could hit us at any time, and just such an event is the premise of Eugenic. A young scientist, Doctor Crane, manages to find a cure for the “Red Cough” before it wipes mankind off the planet and he is hailed as a savior. What he didn’t let in on though, is that his cure also had a side effect, which was quite intentional. Crane wants to forever change humans in a way that will rid us of any bias against race, gender, sexual preference or any other prejudice. When babies are finally being born again, his method for doing so shocks the world and we realize we’ll never be the same again. The following issue will be 200 years later and I’m both afraid and anxious to see where things go.

The artwork for this horrifying tale starts off pretty tame, but later on starts throwing more horrific images at readers. Understand that I mean that in a positive way, speaking not of the quality of the work but the scary images not for the faint of heart. The artwork is quite solid and with what we can expect to be seeing in the upcoming chapters, it’ll more than likely keep up the artistic side of things very well. It’ll more than likely be even more unsettling to look at as well, but when you think about it, isn’t that a key point of this story?

I had a vague idea of at least what this title might be about, but I didn’t have a clue as to just how much I was going to enjoy it. Stories like this grounded in reality tend to pique more interest and as scary as it is, this is very realistic. It’s a good thing we don’t have to wait anywhere near 200 years for the next issue, but it should be worth waiting a month.

For more on Eugenic or other Boom titles, check out Boom! Studios.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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