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Replication, by itself... – Review

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Published on Oct 12, 2017

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Replication, the demonstration that self-time is the real problem!

I don't know about you, but one of my problems fixed is the lack of time. The beginning of the day and you're already late, a thousand things to do, often having to resort to the help of people who do not know how to be useful to you, to the point that you want to do that alone, maybe having another you to give you assistance. More than once I thought about how it would be necessary to clone herself, I do it as a joke. But after seeing what happens to the detective Trevor Churchill, the protagonist of Replication, I have radically changed my mind.

Replication is the new title weblog Aftershock that enriches the already wide range of american comics that are published in our Country by saldaPress. The Aftershock is a label that is relatively young, being born in 2015, but has already had the opportunity to show their own caliber, which, in Italy, we got to enjoy the last month with the release of the first number of the American Monster of Azzarello. This month tap instead Paul Jenkins and Andy Clarke, the two minds behind the sci-fi Replica.

Trevor Churchill is a detective in the human police of the Transfer, a group of giant in which they live different species of the galaxy, in a not better specified in the future. Character somewhat outside of the lines, you must come to terms with the flaws the day-to-day that we all had to face in life, from hard work to the coexistence with colleagues is not exactly ideal. After yet another trouble combined by his partner alien Vorgas, Trevor resigned to yet another wash of a alien head that shows in his grievance against the partner, convinced that it is only a problem of misunderstanding of race.

The solution to the problems of a cynical and broken Trevor gets when he sees a billboard, in which is enhanced the functionality of the Identi-Friend, or clones. Trevor did not hesitate, and choose now to finally be able to realize the desire expressed a few moments before : sometimes I would like another myself.

The theme of cloning has already been addressed several times, from the cinema to comics, but the idea of Jenkins ' works because it presents a different vision from the usual. Each clone created to represent a different personality trait of Trevor, not all of them particularly pleasant. Especially for the Trevor original.

Easily distinguishable by a tattoo on the front with a number, the clones are used by Trevor as his team of assistants, each employed according to their skills. Jenkins gives each clone their own personality, to the point that some want to use even his own name, as if to underline its uniqueness. The different Identi-Friends have traits that are part of the soul of Trevor, but which, tempered by all the different facets of his character, seem to be in balance. Replica passionate about because it's like a huge therapy session, where Trevor is forced to face their flaws, see them in the flesh and detestandoli, accusing the clones to be unbearable, without notice of such as is actually criticizing himself. Jenkins in this is amazing, he manages to create a series of interpersonal dynamics between Trevor and the various clones that creates a narrative rhythm wonderful, addictive.

The first four chapters contained in the first issue of Replication, Transfer, and follow with a special eye on the relationship between Trevor and his first clones, in number sense. Particularly successful are 4 and 5.

The first is the clone of all clones like in the literal sense. Charismatic, bubbly, genial, Trevor feels a strong envy, and a sense of inferiority towards her, in spite of the 4 circles is always to enhance the progenitor in the eyes of the other brothers.

Speech-to-side for 5. Its appearance is deformed, a complication of the cloning process, has made it aesthetically unwatchable, so much so that all the call Quas or Almost (almost succeeded). Still, 5 is a brilliant lawyer, the lawyer of the group, that in the more complicated situation of the register literally saves the lives of his comrades thanks to his quick mind and his encyclopedic knowledge of the laws intergalactic.

When a dignitary alien is killed, the detective Churchill must solve this delicate case, knowing full well that his jurisdiction does not keep you safe from complex meanders of the right intergalactic, in a particular way from the ambitions of the devious Scarlet. The creation of complicated plots, which is the narrative line, the main is intriguing, it goes well with the different actors that move on this strange, fascinating planetoid.

Jenkins for Replication choose an approach that deviates from the line of production, the sci-fi of recent times, preferring to refer to a narrative that is nearest to the canons of the ’90s. The jargon and the setting of the main character, Trevor, are the sons of this line, as well as the setting and the narrative structure is very reminiscent of the hybrid science fiction-detective story of that period. Jenkins deserves a pat on the back, not only to have created a character, ‘multiple‘, but also for how he has placed inside of a world that is dynamic and incredibly complex. The social system of the multi-ethnic Transfer is very well suited to exploit the different personalities of the clones, making it even more compelling (and very funny) the investigation to which Trevor is devoted in this first volume of Replication.

The suggestions fanatascientifiche are skillfully shake it with a strong irony, also made of citations (Vett recalls in his attitude sassy R2-D2), or through extremely funny (the queen nympho who robs a embarrassed 2 is by Fornik, stuff by applause!). And all of this with skill within the plot of the conspiracy, in which is inserted a step that leaves us to conclude that any clone does not, the ec is telling right!

This is combined with the style of the drawing of Andrew Clarke, who makes the most of the cutting of the history of Jenkins. The plates of Replication are able to present both of the amazing urban spaces, varied to express even the diversity of different races, that tear a smile, with a detailed attention in portraying the faces of the characters, especially the clones, each one perfectly characterised from the point of view of the graph. Must have been a real challenge (and fun) having to re-create Trevor to give each clone a different aspect that it at the same time an emanation of the progenitor.

Good evidence in the coloring of Marcello Maiolo and Dan Brown, who choose to focus on a range of colour on, and by the tone alive, and that is enhanced in particular circumstances with an intriguing effect of tri-colour white, red and black. All while trying to maintain a tone that helps you feel in a context as possible realistic, without getting caught up in the hand.

On the Italian front, Replication has benefited not a little the attention of saldaPress. First of all we must thank Stefano Formiconi, who translated the original by adapting it to the Italian, creating a registry of lexical-very hard-boiled and alive, especially credible and real. The packaging and the editorial care are always the usual ones of saldaPress, impeccable and perfect for a collection of cartoons to be exhibited proudly at the library.

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