Review: Eugenic #1

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.

Eugenic is the final volume in the “ic” trilogy of comics by James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan that began with Memetic and then Cognetic, and all released by BOOM! Studios. Set in the future, the world has been ravaged by a plague and a breakthrough has given hope as the first babies will be born, but things aren’t as easy as that.

Eugenic #1 is the 15 minutes before the credits or the short film made to promote a movie. What you think going into the comic will be different than what you think when you’re done. The opening of the comic in some short text sets things up and when you’re done, go read it again.

It’s a fascinating first issue that’s sci-fi horror at its best and one that can be debated as Tynion and Donovan’s decisions can easily be dissected twenty which ways. From the decision to make the “mad scientist” LGBT, to a debate later about race and what will happen in the series, to the new humans themselves, this is a comic where every detail has been thought through in interesting ways. This isn’t just an interesting narrative, it’s an interesting exploration of concepts and philosophies in many ways and that’s explored not just in the narrative and words, but through Donovan’s art as well.

Eugenic #1 isn’t what I was expected in many ways. The issue is one that you wind up rethinking once you get to the end which is a fantastic reading and story experience. Can’t wait to see where this goes and what this creative team has to say with this series.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Eryk Donovan
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review