Review – Clone #16 (Image)

Image Comics
Writer: David Schulner, Aaron Ginsburg, Wade McIntyre
Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
Release Date: 7th May 2014

Clone is back and hasn’t stopped for breath. Arc 4 of the series begins moments after last issues explosive finale and Luke and co. can’t afford to sit still after narrowly escaping extermination. They have a lot of ground to cover and public opinion isn’t exactly on their side.

Ryp’s art in this series has been justifiably talked up a lot since the series began. The level of detail in this issue is second to none. The characters look fantastic and the range of emotions captured in the eyes alone is mesmerising. This level of detail is packed into everything; from the shady bars and dark forests down to the hair on each of the characters heads. The action flows so smoothly from panel to panel that you’ll never have to look back to find your bearings.

The dialogue is succinct and to the point and the pacing is excellent. From what I’ve read, no issue has come close to feeling like a ‘filler’. Something of note happens in every issue that will leave a lasting impression and this issue is no exception. To put it simply, it made me gasp. Each issue and arc feels so thoroughly planned; that nothing is wasted and everything is relevant without it ever being predictable is a rare treat.

The thing that would usually work against fiction about clones is that death is usually rendered meaningless; someone dies and there’s always another clone waiting to take their place. This is where this series differs. All the clones have different personalities and the few that we focus on are really interesting characters. I’d hate to see any one of the core group go.

Simply put, Clone is one of the best series around just now.

Rating: 5/5.

The writer of this piece was: James McQueen
You can also find James on Twitter.

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