written by Richard Marazano
illustrated by Jean-Michel Ponzio
You’ll probably notice Genetiks’ lush and dynamic artwork first. It’s hard not to. Jean-Michel Ponzio’s use of 3D design, photorealism, and rotoscoping builds upon writer Richard Marazano’s initial layouts to fuel this sci-fi tale along like a movie, bringing the story sexily to life.
Genetiks is the name of the company that protagonist Thomas Hale works for. Hale has given over his entire DNA code to Genetiks, making him the ultimate “company man.” It’s a classic sci-fi concept: A company promises to help propel humanity into a pristine, wonderful new future, but there are people who may get hurt along the way to building that future. Hale begins suspecting something sinister is going on at his company, and when he investigates more deeply, he finds quite disturbing things.
He probes deeper, along with some allies, to get to the truth, but he is being watched and monitored the entire time. This leads to a classic hero-on-the-run storyline…quite fun if you like that sort of thing.
This is just the first volume, so readers may be surprised at the ending. But it has me looking forward to more.