Surgeon X #1

Writer: Sara Kenney Artist: John Watkiss Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 28, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 4
8.2Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

What do you get if you cross a far-right British government with an antibiotic apocalypse and a gruesome murder? The birth of Surgeon X and her renegade practice. Extreme times call for extreme medicine.

SARA KENNEY, acclaimed documentary, factual drama and animation filmmaker (Angels and Ghosts) and master artist JOHN WATKISS (Sandman, Conan, Deadman) join forces with KAREN BERGER, award-winning and Vertigo-founding editor to produce this unique, darkly comic medical thriller, which will horrify and delight in equal measure.

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Richard Wanderman Jr. Sep 29, 2016

    I am on tenterhooks awaiting the next issue, to be sure, and I think you might be as well. This is one read that not only can entertain, but also can instruct not just for the future, but today. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Kieran Fisher Sep 30, 2016

    Overall, Surgeon-X is off to a cracking start and I highly recommend it, especially if youre a fan of stories like V for Vendetta, which this is reminiscent of with its dystopian British setting, on-point and exploration of ideologies. Its politics might not sit well with some, but its still an engaging read, and even if you do disagree with some aspects of it, it might still give you some thoughts to ponder over. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Slackjaw Punks - Regan Lorie Sep 29, 2016

    Thumbs up for Surgeon X, an extremely well-executed cautionary/medical/superhero/sci-fi nightmare. Robin Cook would approve, and would likely have written it himself if he wrote comics. Intelligent, thought-provoking and paranoia-inducing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Sep 28, 2016

    I have to say that the concept for this story immediately grabbed my attention. The idea itself was engrossing enough, but Kenney takes Surgeon X to another level by surrounding the story with fascinating characters, political intrigue and moral dilemma. It's doctors versus politicians. It's ethics versus natural selection gone wild. It's a disturbing reminder of what might occur today, with our divisiveness and our current political climate in the state that it is now. The Rosa Scott character is a complex rogue surgeon if you will, who must Surgeon X is a frightening look into the possible future of medicine and how those in power through fear and legislation can determine who lives and who dies. This first issue is a must read and the series should be added to your pull list immediately. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Okay Sep 1, 2016

    There will be beauty, and that beauty is John Watkiss and James Devlin working together. Watkiss spreads an entire inkpot across everypage, his style so saturated that it passes beyond an initial resemblance to the sure linework of the Romitas into something positively block printed. Stark as Andy Warhol screening a film noir still onto wallpaper, brought to glorious, glowing life by James Devlin's Monterey magic hour color palette. There are no finer colors in comics today than the pages of Surgeon X. This book has the look. It has good ideas and hard questions. A wealth of imagination that is highly infectious. Depth. Wit. Promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Sep 29, 2016

    "Surgeon X" #1 is a great start to a series that knows what it's talking about. Unfortunately, it tries to enforce what it's talking a little too much by doubling down on how sad sack everything is. Still, this first issue does a lot to establish what this world is, who its major players are, and most importantly why this all matters. On top of that, "Surgeon X" functions much less like a "An Inconvenient Truth" style powerpoint documentary, but explains why its problems matter without sacrificing the intrigue of the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 29, 2016

    Coming in at an extra-long length, if Surgeon X can give us a reason to root for its protagonist rather than its medical dystopia, this could be just what the doctor ordered. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Sep 8, 2016

    Surgeon X presumably has a message. To some, this book might come across as manipulative scare-mongering. And I'm not convinced that's an inaccurate appraisal. That really remains to be seen. What's obvious is that Sara Kenney knows the subject matter and wants to say something, but this issue fumbles a bit in the delivery of that message. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 29, 2016

    The concept is great. The execution, somewhat less so. Despite the oversized format, too much time is spent establishing the world and its history and not enough on fleshing out the characters. A lighter, more subtle touch would really help. Read Full Review

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