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Clone # 1-3 - David Schulner Juan José Ryp

Written by Arion on Thursday, February 14 2013 and posted in Reviews

It’s not entirely unusual to find screenwriters working in the comic book industry, and they usually produce remarkable runs (Joss Whedon in Astonishing X-Men, Allan Heinberg in Young Avengers, J M Straczynski in Thor, etc.). In Skybound’s new ongoing, “Clone” the writer is David Schulner, famous for his work in TV series like “Once and Again”, “Everwood” and “Desperate Housewives”. I’ve always been a fan of “Once and Again” (and it’s in this drama that I first saw actress Evan Rachel Wood, and ever since then I’ve been talking about her in this blog), I loved “Everwood” and most emphatically the protagonist’s passion for comic books (Gregory Smith and the rest of the cast were so good in this series) and I felt touched and captivated by the women of Wisteria Lane in “Desperate Housewives”. So clearly, when I saw that David Schulner was behind Clone I knew had to buy it. I just had to.

Clone # 1-3 - David Schulner Juan José Ryp
Juan José Ryp

As the title suggests, we’re dealing with cloning here. The protagonist is a clone who is being hunted by other clones. Who is the original man? And why are all these clones killing each other? In the first three issues, we see the implications of cloning: all the moral dilemmas, the political conflicts and changes this technological breakthrough might cause on our society. Certainly, David Schulner has found the way to bring a classic sci-fi concept into today’s world. 

Of course, this series wouldn’t be the same if not for Juan José Ryp. He is a brilliant Spanish artist, and he combines two very unique influences. On one hand he follows in the footsteps of painters from the Pointillism movement (which was a result of Postimpressionism), the Pointillism (also called divisionism) requires the constant use of little dots, similar to the ones we see in every drawing of Juan José Ryp. On the other hand, Ryp is clearly a huge fan of Geof Darrow, an artist that can fit thousands of details in a single page. 

Just a look at the wraparound cover of the first issue is a good indication of the amount of details we can find in Ryp’s work, from references to Image’s series “Li’l Depressed Boy”, to several fictitious brands that are references to real companies and so on. If we pay attention to the hundreds of people that appear on the cover, we’ll see that each one of them is doing something, either walking the dog, carrying a bag of groceries, speaking on the phone, etc., and they all seem to have different personalities and attitudes. 

The interior art is also great, the action sequences are amazing, and the detailed backgrounds add a very rich sense of complexity. One of my favorite pages shows the protagonist looking down into a pile of bodies, I have counted around 65 of them, all in different positions, all with tragic gestures. The cover of issue # 3 shows the cloned corpses with great dynamism and visual strength. As usual Image and Skybound are producing some of the best comics on the stands right now. Good for that.

Clone # 1-3 - David Schulner Juan José Ryp
one of the clones / uno de los clones

No es para nada inusual encontrar a guionistas de televisión trabajando en la industria del cómic, y por lo general producen trabajos memorables (Joss Whedon en "Astonishing X-Men", Allan Heinberg en "Young Avengers", J M Straczynski en “Thor”, etc.). En la nueva colección de Skybound, “Clone” el escritor es David Schulner, famoso por su trabajo en series de televisión como “Once and Again”, “Everwood” y “Desperate Housewives”. Siempre he sido fan de “Once and Again” (y es en este drama donde vi por primera vez a la actriz Evan Rachel Wood, y desde entonces he estado hablando sobre ella en este blog), me encantó “Everwood” y hago especial énfasis en la pasión por los cómics del protagonista (Gregory Smith y el resto del elenco hicieron una gran labor en esta serie) y me sentí conmovido y cautivado por las mujeres de Wisteria Lane en “Desperate Housewives”. Así que, cuando vi que David Schulner estaba detrás de "Clone" sabía que tenía comprarlo. De todas maneras.

Clone # 1-3 - David Schulner Juan José Ryp
someone is killing the clones / alguien está matando a los clones

Como el título sugiere, aquí lo principal es la clonación. El protagonista es un clon que es cazado por otros clones. ¿Quién es el original? ¿Y por qué todos estos clones están matándose entre sí? En los primeros tres números, vemos lo que implica la clonación: todos los dilemas morales, los conflictos políticos y los cambios que este avance tecnológico puede ocasionar en nuestra sociedad. David Schulner, por cierto, ha encontrado la forma de traer un concepto clásico de la ciencia ficción al mundo de hoy. 

Por supuesto, esta serie no sería lo mismo si no fuera por Juan José Ryp. Él es un brillante artista español, y combina dos influencias únicas. Por un lado sigue los pasos de los pintores del movimiento del puntillismo (que fue un resultado del post-impresionismo), el puntillismo (también llamado divisionismo) requiere el uso constante de pequeños puntos, similares a los que vemos en cada dibujo de Juan José Ryp. Por otro lado, es claro que Ryp es un gran fan de Geof Darrow, un artista que puede encajar miles de detalles en una sola página. 

Clone # 1-3 - David Schulner Juan José Ryp
At least 65 corpses / por lo menos 65 cadáveres

Sólo un vistazo a la portada doble del primer número es una buena indicación de la cantidad de detalles que encontramos en el trabajo de Ryp, desde referencias a otros cómics de Image, “Li’l Depressed Boy”, hasta varias marcas ficticias que hacen referencia a compañías reales. Si prestamos atención al centenar de personas que aparecen en la portada, veremos que todos están haciendo algo, ya sea paseando al perro, cargando una bolsa de abarrotes, hablando por teléfono, etc. y todos parece tener personalidades y actitudes diferentes.  

El arte interior también es grandioso, las escenas de acción son asombrosas, y los fondos detallados añaden un sentido muy rico de complejidad. Una de mis páginas favoritas nos muestra al protagonista mirando un montículo de cadáveres, he contado alrededor de 65 cuerpos, todos en posiciones distintas, todos con gestos trágicos. La portada del # 3 nos muestra los cadáveres de los clones con un gran dinamismo y mucha fortaleza visual. Como siempre, Image y Skybound están produciendo algunos de los mejores cómics del momento. Bien por ello.


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