Title: The Clock #1
Colors: Bryan Valenza
Published: January 8, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Within three weeks, hundreds of millions of healthy people worldwide contract various forms of aggressive cancer, and the proliferation, seemingly a viral outbreak, stumps the best scientific minds available. But after a leading cancer researcher loses his wife and watches his nine-year-old daughter begin to succumb to the same illness, he must race against the clock to end a global conspiracy that could propel the world straight into WWIII…or worse.”
Almost one in four people in the world have succumbed to an unusual strain of cancer; there is no known cause or cure. A doctor, who has spent his life working to eradicate the disease, travels to remote areas, with the help of his ambassador father, hoping that isolated communities might have some resistance.
Unfortunately, his findings are not promising, and his research comes under attack from multiple sources. Meanwhile, a family tragedy occurs back home, bringing much the doctor’s efforts into an even more personal obsession.
Matt Hawkins writes some compelling dialogue giving genuine emotional content to his heroic and tragic doctor and his resourceful father. The problem is that this is not enough to elevate a scenario that amount to nothing that has not been done before. It is not really a spoiler if one immediately suspects that nefarious forces must be behind it all.
And everybody knows that the math wouldn’t have worked when Thanos did it either. Also, that’s not how Molotov Cocktails work. It looks bad in the movies and worse in comic books.
The Bottom Line
It is a literal race against time as the human population is at great risk from a dangerous disease, with no cure, from an unknown source, that’s running rampant.