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Review: Boy-1 #1 (of 4)

boy1 1 coverIn the fast-approaching future, when the drug-addled heir of a genetic-engineering company begins to investigate his company’s murky past, he discovers he is the catalyst in a terrifying global event that will transform him and forever alter the course of human evolution.

GMOs are a hotly debated topic today, especially about the science surrounding them. Boy-1 #1 seems to touch upon some of those issues. So, that got me rather intrigued as I read the comic, but the first issue unfortunately builds too much of a mystery and not quite enough of a pay-off.

Writer H.S. Tak kicks the series off focusing on a mystery and introducing us to the various characters in the comic. It mostly focuses on Jadas, the heir to a genetic-engineering company. He’s drug addicted, a bit of a screw up, and overall comes off as a rich punk. That’s part of the issue for this debut. The comic doesn’t get you to really feel for Jadas, or even like him. He uses women in an overly sexist way, they’re more objects than people, he takes drugs to forget, he doesn’t really care about the company given to him. He’s just not likeable. If Tak focused on Jadas’ loss of his father and the impact of that on him, and only that (you can still include the drugs as his coping), I might have come away caring about the character a bit more. Especially at the end, which to me just came on and felt a little disconnected and choppy.

The art is pretty cool though. Amancay Nahuelpan has a style that fits well with a sci-fi setting. The design feels familiar, but a bit futuristic. It also fits Jadas’ broken life and his spiral. It’s good, but isn’t so fantastic it got me to overlook the narrative issues.

The comic feels like the overall story might work really well, but the first issue approaches the main character in a way to make him unlikeable. There’s also the flow of the narrative, especially the end, that at points just doesn’t quite work for me. Maybe the second issue is a little bit better, but if Jadas alters the course of human evolution, I’m not sure I want it to happen.

Story: H.S. Tak Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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