Or­phan Black

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The Clone Stranger

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: IDW Pub­lish­ing Writ­ers: Graeme Man­son, John Fawcett, Jody Houser Artists: Szy­mon Ku­dran­ski, Mat Lopes

Spin- off

comics are hard enough at the best of times, but tack­ling a prop­erty as com­plex as Or­phan Black is ask­ing for trou­ble. The TV show sports a fe­ro­ciously in­volved mythos and mul­ti­ple clones ( all played by Ta­tiana Maslany), but this eight- is­sue minis­eries takes an in­ter­est­ing ap­proach, fo­cus­ing on one clone per is­sue, and giv­ing us an al­ter­nate view on many of the show’s events.

Once again, we fol­low a con artist named Sarah as she en­coun­ters du­pli­cates of her­self and dis­cov­ers she’s part of a hu­man cloning experiment. These du­pli­cates vary from the in­sane He­lena ( the fo­cus of is­sue two) to nervy house­wife Ali­son ( who stars in is­sue three), and each is heav­ily in­volved in the over­all con­spir­acy.

Writ­ten from out­lines by show cre­ators Graeme Man­son and John Fawcett, the se­ries at­tempts to be ac­ces­si­ble for new read­ers but works best as a com­pan­ion piece, giv­ing more in­sight into the char­ac­ters. So far ( three is­sues in) the re­sults are a lit­tle on the un­even side, with too many scenes re­cy­cled di­rectly from the show.

How­ever, the nar­ra­tive ap­proach does pull off some high­lights, and adds depth to the over­all saga. It’ll be up to the re­main­ing five is­sues to con­clu­sively prove whether the Or­phan Black comic is a wor­thy experiment or a noble fail­ure… Saxon Bul­lock

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