"What do you get if you cross a far-right British government with an antibiotic apocalypse and a gruesome murder?"
That's the question that launches the new Image Comics title Surgeon X, debuting Sept. 28. According to press materials, Surgeon X is a medical thriller that takes place in a "world of antibiotic resistance and rationing where the superbugs have won." Making her debut in comics, filmmaker Sara Kenney is joined by artists John Watkiss (Sandman, Conan, Deadman), James Devlin, Jared K. Fletcher and editor Karen Berger -- the founding editor of Vertigo, now returning to the medium.
But what makes Surgeon X additionally interesting is that the comic is funded by a Society Award from Wellcome Trust, "an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health." As such, the series can tout that it is "informed by hundreds of conversations with scientists, physicians, historians, economists, ethicists & philosophers to create this deeply disturbing, yet authentic future world."
OK, but what is Surgeon X really about, and why should you care about this new book? Well, here's the official synopsis:
It’s the year 2036 and there are great futuristic advancements available in medicine and surgery, yet a simple infection can kill. Rosa Scott, a brilliant and obsessive surgeon becomes Surgeon X, a vigilante doctor who uses experimental surgery and black market drugs to treat patients. As Surgeon X, Rosa develops a godlike-complex, deciding who will live and who will die. Risking everything to save lives, she believes that to survive in this compromised world her own moral code is the one she must follow, ultimately warping her Hippocratic Oath to suit her own decisions—even if it endangers those closest to her.
At the center of the thriller there is also family drama, and we at Blastr are pleased to exclusively reveal artwork and character bios for Rosa Scott, and her family. Check out the bios below, and if you're intrigued by Surgeon X, pick it up on Sept. 28.