Duplicant #4 – Review
Written by Karla Nappi, illustrated by Marianna Strychowska, and lettered by Carlos Mangual, Duplicant is an on-going comic described as a “diverse-cast medical thriller”. The first time I read about this Biopunk, sci-fi comic on their Kickstarter, I saw Karla mention being inspired by the movie Repo: The Genetic Opera, which instantly intrigued me. Duplicant is now onto it’s 4th issue, which is live on their Kickstarter until the 4th of March.
At its heart, Duplicant is a thriller about the forces conspiring against the one man who offers hope during a pandemic. That one man is Matt Travers, a scientist who creates duplicate organs that saves humanity from the organ failure contagion – only their high cost forces people into indentured servitude. In answer to this, a dangerous black market arises which is run by a religious fanatic and Matt’s former mentor.
Following Matt’s deadly encounter with a “Duplicant,” a recipient of his technology, Matt’s life blows up. He comes to question everything he knows as he strives to learn the truth behind his encounter, and along the way uncovers an even bigger mystery about the fate of mankind.
Issue 4 finds Matt with an unexpected ally, and a bombshell revelation could upend everything he once knew to be true. Meanwhile Robert has a crisis of faith; Sean tries to connect with his family; and Ava continues the hunt for the mole.
Duplicant #4 Story
The story is written so well, and so believably, it’s chilling. Panic over a pandemic, medical debt crisis, a struggle with medical morals and technology advancements – theses are all things that are very real, all taken to a terrifying new level. The tear in society over these issues, and the very real pandemic we have currently been facing globally for almost a year, now, all elevate the relatability for readers.
Duplicant is an excellent, page-turning thriller in a future that leaves everyone unsure of who to trust or where to turn. We follow the life-saving scientist, Matt Travors, as he tries to solve the mystery of why his technology has failed someone he was supposed to save. While doing so, he uncovers more dark truths about the Duplicant Act and Regenerist, and ends up in danger, himself.
Duplicant #4 Art
The interior art is beautiful, clean, and detailed. Marianna Strychowska does a fantastic job bringing this dystopian world to life, capturing slick, new technology feelings, while simultaneously bringing us down into the darkness and sickness that literally plagues this world. The juxtaposition of everything is absolutely breathtaking.
Surgical imagery that really leaves you unsettled, contrasted with beautiful memories, giving us all the highs and lows alongside Matt. It’s art perfect for the story and I couldn’t imagine anyone better to be working on it. And not only do you get an excellent artist, but also one of my favorite letterers – Carlos Mangual – who brings his talent to the pages, as well.
Duplicant #4 Conclusion
Issue four of Duplicant promises us an unlikely ally for Matt, as well as a revelation that could turn his world upside down from everything he thought was true. But there’s more to come for other characters as well, such as Robert, Sean, and Ava. It’s such a promising series, and absolutely compelling to read.
Be sure to go back Duplicant on Kickstarter now, and grab issues 1-4 for yourself! I can assure you – it’s a series you don’t want to miss.
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