BBC America has been known as one of those channels on TV, where you can find some of the BBC’s best kept TV secrets. This is where many Americans were first introduced to Doctor Who and Broadchurch, and even Law and Order UK. The quality of the overall storytelling is what has created Anglophiles all over the world as, as they have used the BBC to learn about Monty Python and the original House of Cards. It was not until Orphan Black, premiered that they created a show for British loving American fans.
I remembered watching the first episode, and that first scene was really through you for a loop, as the main character, Sarah sees a woman who looks exactly like her walk in front of a train, the show instantly grabbed me by the collar right there, right then. For the un-initiated, she soon finds out that she has multiple clones, and not just mere doppelgangers, and they have a shady biotech corporation, who is hunting them down, the same ones who created them in the first place. Throughout the series, she and two of her clones, as well as her friend, Felix, uncover the central conspiracy to their existence, Neolution. There are some heavy themes, which are explored throughout the series; one which I believed was well suited for the comics medium.
Within the comics’ series, you are introduced to the origins of each of the clones, starting with Sarah, as you catch up with her, right before the birth of her daughter, Kira. Then it jumps to Helena, where we discover her origin story in 2002, in Russia, where she was being trained to be a soldier. We then meet Alison, back when she was in college, where she met her husband. The next one we meet Cosima, where she is dealing with complications of one of her relationships.
The last one we meet, of course, is Rachel, as you find out exactly where she discovered her love of science and what lead to her dubious methods. The story by Fawcett, Manson, and Hauser, fills in a lot of holes, and ultimately catches up fans exactly who each of the clones are. The art by Judranski, Quah and Staggs, are diverse enough, to create a clear difference in each character, really as different as each clone. Overall, an exciting series, and an equal to the TV show in every way.
Story: John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, and Jody Hauser
Art: Szymon Kudranski, Alan Quah and Cat Staggs
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
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