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Review: Orphan Black: Crazy Science #1

In Orphan Black: Crazy Science #1, we find Cosima and Delphine being the most brilliant and adorably in love duo while trying to find a cure for 274 Leda clones. Writer Heli Kennedy manages to spend equal amounts of time setting up the current problem and showing the beauty of a loving relationship. Kennedy manages to showcase our heroes intelligence without relying on silly “smart girls” tropes. She also showcases their relationship without stooping to unrealistic or hyper-sexualized lesbian relationship tropes.

Artist Fico Ossio has a simplistic yet sleek art style, reminiscent of early Wynonna Earp comics, that keeps the focus on Cosima, Delphine and the Leda Clones and not their more feminine assets. Ossio is respectful and tender in his depiction of Cosima and Delphine’s relationship and romantic moments. He doesn’t linger on their curves of hold a panel two long on their tongues while they kiss, he treats them like people and not objects , which is refreshing.

The story takes the duo to Brazil , has them rewrite their love story, become more emotionally intimate and play super spy by following the car of a Leda Clone to remote area of Brazil. There isn’t a panel or word wasted and everything helps to move the story foreword with supreme precision. This issue was the definition of a page turner, from the beautiful soft art work to the meaningful romantic and, scientific bedside chats , this inaugural issue of the latest arc is amazing. It is well written, heavy but not convoluted and easy to follow , whether you’ve watched the show or not. Crazy Science could be an arc to suck you into the Orphan Black universe, or at least it could have been,

The only bad thing about this comic is that it ended on a stellar cliffhanger and we might not get to see what happens next. This issue might be the end, IDW preemptively cancelled the series due to low order numbers, so #2 and #3 might never see the light of day. Hopefully, word of mouth will get more people into the shops (preferably) or shopping on line and we can force their hand for the rest. The run was cancelled after the initial printing of issue #1 so, even though 2 and 3 were planned, they might never make it to see the light of day, which sucks because Crazy Science had the makings of one hell of a banger. I hope IDW changes their mind because, they were really on to something with this one.

Story: Heli Kennedy Art: Fico Ossio
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Orphan Black: Crazy Science #1

Orphan Black: Crazy Science #1

Heli Kennedy (w) • Fico Ossio (a & c)

Traveling the world to cure 274 sick Leda clones, brilliant scientist/couple Cosima and Delphine fall deeper in love… and deeper into a mysterious agenda which threatens to tear apart their noble mission… and their hearts!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Orphan Black: Deviations #6

Orphan Black: Deviations #6

Heli Kennedy (w) • Wayne Nichols (a) • Cat Staggs (c)

In a world where Sarah managed to save Beth from taking her own life! With this single twist of fate, the Clone Club comes together in a completely different manner and the mystery of Project LEDA unfolds in new, exiting ways! See all your favorite characters return in an all-new light!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Orphan Black: Deviations #5

Orphan Black: Deviations #5

Heli Kennedy (w) • Wayne Nichols (a) • Cat Staggs (c)

In a world where Sarah managed to save Beth from taking her own life! With this single twist of fate, the Clone Club comes together in a completely different manner and the mystery of Project LEDA unfolds in new, exiting ways! See all your favorite characters return in an all-new light!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Orphan Black: Deviations #4

Orphan Black: Deviations #4

Heli Kennedy (w) • Wayne Nichols (a) • Cat Staggs (c)

In a world where Sarah managed to save Beth from taking her own life! With this single twist of fate, the Clone Club comes together in a completely different manner and the mystery of Project LEDA unfolds in new, exiting ways! See all your favorite characters return in an all-new light!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Cryptozoic Will Release Orphan Black Season 2 & 3 Premium Packs at San Diego Comic-Con

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Boat Rocker Brands have announced the release of both Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 2 and Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 3 Premium Packs exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. Cryptozoic will launch a pre-sale at 10 a.m. on July 6 of limited quantities of both the Season 2 and Season 3 trading card sets, allowing fans to purchase Premium Packs prior to San Diego Comic-Con and then pick them up at the event.

Each set contains different cast members’ autographs. In the Season 2 set there are five new autograph signers that did not appear in the previously released Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 1, and in the Season 3 set there are six new autograph signers that did not appear in either the Season 1 or Season 2 sets.

Each four-card Premium Pack includes three Autograph Cards and one Cryptomium Chase Card. Some of the Autograph Cards are special Autograph/Wardrobe Cards, that include both a cast member’s autograph and an actual piece of clothing worn on the series.

Every case contains 12 Premium Packs and is guaranteed to contain three Autograph Cards signed by Maslany. As these are special limited sets, there will only be 720 packs/60 cases available total for each set.

Season 2 of Orphan Black hits the ground running with Sarah in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira. Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with pro-clone Rachel, dividing and imperiling everyone she loves. With Alison’s carefully crafted suburban world spinning out of control, and the genetic illness affecting Cosima threatening them all, Sarah must negotiate a dangerous world of new enemies and shifting allegiances to get to the bottom of the experiment that made them who they are. In Season 3, Sarah faces off with a new breed of militaristic male clones in order to unearth the Leda sisters’ origins, and in the process, find the key that may ultimately save the sisters’ lives.

Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 2 and Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 3 will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con, beginning July 20, for a suggested retail price of $54 per Premium Pack (including tax). Fans can take part in the limited pre-sale to ensure that their Orphan Black trading card Premium Packs will be waiting for them at the event.

Product Details:

  • Packs: 4 cards per Premium Pack, 12 Premium Packs per case
  • Autograph Cards
    • 3 per Premium Pack
    • Special Autograph/Wardrobe Cards in some Premium Packs
    • Each case has 3 cards signed by star Tatiana Maslany
  • Cryptomium Chase Cards:
    • 1 per Premium Pack
Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 2 - Autograph
Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 2 - Autograph
Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 2 - Autograph
Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 3 - Autograph
Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 3 - Autograph
Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 3 - Autograph
Cast Autographs included in Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 2
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning, Alison Hendrix,
Cosima Niehaus, Helena, Jennifer Fitzsimmons,
Tony Sawicki, and Rachel Duncan
     Ari Millen as Mark Rollins, Styles Miller, and Rudy
Evelyne Brochu as Delphine Cormier
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Inga Cadranel as Detective Angela DeAngelis
Andrew Gillies as Ethan Duncan
Josh Vokey as Scott
Julian Richings as Benjamin Kertland
Kevin Hanchard as Detective Art Bell
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Kristin Booth as Bonnie Johanssen
Michael Mando as Vic
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Zoé De Grand Maison as Gracie Johanssen
Cast Autographs included in Orphan Black Trading Cards Season 3
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning, Alison Hendrix,
Cosima Niehaus, Helena, Krystal, and Rachel Duncan
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Kevin Hanchard as Detective Art Bell
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Josh Vokey as Scott
Ari Millen as Mark Rollins, Styles Miller, Parsons, Rudy, and Seth
Evelyne Brochu as Delphine Cormier
Zoé De Grand Maison as Gracie Johanssen
Kyra Harper as Dr. Virginia Coady
Tom McCamus as Dr. Nealon
Ksenia Solo as Shay Davydov
Kristin Booth as Bonnie Johanssen
Amanda Brugel as Marci Coates
Kathryn Alexandre as Alexis
Gavin Fox as Lionel

Preview: Orphan Black: Deviations #2

Orphan Black: Deviations #2

Heli Kennedy (w) • Wayne Nichols (a) • Cat Staggs (c)

In a world… where Sarah managed to save Beth from taking her own life! With this single twist of fate, the Clone Club comes together in a completely different manner and the mystery of Project LEDA unfolds in new, exiting ways! See all your favorite characters return in an all-new light!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Orphan Black: Deviations

If you’re a die-hard Orphan Black fan who is already having withdrawals—even before the fifth and final season comes out—fret no more. IDW Publishing’s Orphan Black Deviations #1 will curb your cravings, as it’s set in an alternative world based on the original series, where Beth never steps off the Subway platform because Sarah is able to save her—leaving the sisters to meet under entirely different circumstances.

The story, written by Heli Kennedy, effortlessly covers all of the bases, so whether you’re a part of the Clone Club or not, readers can easily follow the many intricacies of the world without thinking twice. Kennedy, a screenwriter as well, shows her experience through tackling a perfect pacing and giving us all the information one would need without seeming like too much.

The art, by Wayne Nichols, captures the darkness of the series. The style portrayed is masterful and refreshingly unique. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first but it grew on me. I learned to appreciate each detail that one might be tempted to gloss over and I slowed down on each panel to admire its satisfying detail.

Overall, as a fan of the original Orphan Black series, I’m left wanting to read more. Although one might be able to feel where the story will go if they’re caught up on the television series, it’s still intriguing to see how everything will play out with the assistance of Beth and Mika from the start. This is only supposed to be a set six-issue miniseries, but one can hope if it goes well we might see more.

Story: Heli Kennedy Art: Wayne Nicols Cover: Cat Staggs
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Orphan Black: Deviations #1

Orphan Black: Deviations #1

Heli Kennedy (w) • Wayne Nichols (a) • Cat Staggs (c)

In a world where Sarah managed to save Beth from taking her own life! With this single twist of fate, the Clone Club comes together in a completely different way and the mystery of Project LEDA unfolds in new, exiting ways! See all your favorite characters return in an all-new light!

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Preview: Orphan Black: Helsinki

Orphan Black: Helsinki

Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy, & Denton J. Tipton (w) • Alan Quah (a) • Corbyn Kern (c)

Helsinki. Spoken in hushed tones, the word means almost certain death for the clones of Project Leda. Learn the dark secrets of this codename in this special event miniseries by co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-583-9

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