When I first dabbled into the world of comic books outside of “the big two” that are known as DC and Marvel one of the books that got me hooked was Matt Hawkins’ Think Tank over at Top Cow. It told a compelling story where, at the end, Hawkins gracefully would “show his work” with a section called Science Class to back up how his ideas were based on a lot of real world events and innovations. Another perfect example of this was his mini-series, Wildfire where we explored the world of genetically modified foods and the idea of it possibly leading to our demise.
In similar fashion, now Hawkins invites us to explore the world of cancer, something that the though alone is already scary enough as it has claimed so many lives. But what if all of a sudden a good part of the population fell ill and died to an aggressive strain of cancer? Or worse yet, what if it was discovered that cancer was actually being weaponized by someone?
The thought alone is terrifying and is exactly the story that we find in Hawkins’ first issue of The Clock, which will be available in comic book shops everywhere this Wednesday, January 8th. The artwork is by Colleen Doran, with colors by Bryan Valenza and letters by Troy Peteri.
The first issue sets up a world where scientists around the world are desperately trying to find a connection between all of the people that are infected as well as all of the ones that are not with no luck. We follow a leading cancer researcher whose wife died as a result of this aggressive cancer and who then has to deal with his daughter also begin to succumb to the same illness. Now he must race against the clock to figure out what could end up being a global conspiracy and could lead to the next world war or something much worse.
It’s a great start to the mini-series that when you pair it with the science class information in the back can leave you feeling a little anxious. I highly recommend giving this hard sci-fi book a shot when it comes out this week along with any of his previous work, some which you can sample on the official Top Cow website.
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Top Cow’s The Clock via Image Comics issue #1 drops tomorrow January 8th in comic shops everywhere.
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Source: Top Cow Productions Inc.