Review: The Surgeon #1
One of my favorite actors of recent years is Clive Owen. Many Americans know him from much of his stateside work. I remember seeing him in I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, a quintessential British gangster movie, which I have recommended to about all my friends. One of his most recent movies which I am actually a huge fan of, mostly because it is a British medieval send-up of 47 Ronin, is Last Knights.
Of course, one of my favorite movies by him, and rightfully so, is Children Of Men. It’s about a post-apocalyptic world where infertility is a pandemic sweeping the world. His protagonist, Theo Faron looks to save the world by transporting a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary. That is the power of science fiction, to hold a mirror, to society’s ills. In the debut issue of The Surgeon, we meet a protagonist much like Faron, and whose destiny is about to change.
We meet our hero, Doc Jenny Hanover, a former high paid surgeon, who now takes odd jobs in medicine to get paid and who also lives in a post-apocalyptic world where anarchy and pollution have taken hold of much of the East Coast. We find her as she arrives to a Fort called Turtle Island in South Dakota’s Black Hills, where she answered a job advertisement on Craigslist, by way of Medical flag, for a doctor. As she surveys the settlement, she notices, how prosperous the land as well as the stockpile of weaponry they have on hand. This is where she meets the Master at Arms, Dave Rogers, who runs a pretty solid organization at first glance. As Hanson, begins treating the different patients, through triage, helping many of the Fort’s residents, including a young girl, whom she had to operate on. As the residents soon find out she is more than a skilled physician but a trained fighter, whose skills were enough for them to ask her to train their militia. By issue’s end, while on patrol, they come under attack by a band of barbarians, one who is bringing the fight to Fort and whom Hanover is ready to fight.
Overall, an engaging book that feels as if Imperator Furiosa was a doctor and it was set in America. The story by Pence is well developed and well characterized. The art by the creative team is simply gorgeous. Altogether, a story puts the women and men in this vocation in their proper role, as heroes.
Story: John Pence Art: Zack Dolan, Laurie Foster, Everardo Orozco, and Erek Foster
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy