Boy 1 reads like “Tron: Legacy” filtered through the works of Philip K. Dick. – Comicsverse
Created by H.S. Tak.
What would you do if you could create a new version of yourself? What would you change? What qualities would you get rid of and which abilities would you enhance? In Boy1 from H.S. Tak and Amancay Nahuelpan, a scientist takes it upon himself to answer these questions as he seeks to create a better, more compassionate human. But there are consequences to playing God, and when millions of lives are at risk, there may be limits to what is done in the name of scientific achievement.
Jadas Riezner is a brilliant geneticist who only wants to make the world a better place. Jadas comes from a long line of great scientists, including his father Dr Steven Riezner who has been missing for over 25 years. In between his research, which focuses on kickstarting evolution with the goal of helping make humans more durable and resistant to disease, Jadas also sifts in vain through the clues left behind in his father’s cold case disappearance. One day, however, Jadas discovers the truth – a truth that will alter not only his research but his whole identity… you see Jadas is actually Steven’s, his father’s, clone.
Jadas barely has time to snap out of the shock of his discovery when a deadly disease begins sweeping across the globe, claiming millions of lives–and his DNA might be both the source of the illness and the only way to synthesize a cure. On the run to both save the world and dodge the many pharmaceutical companies hoping to experiment on him, he is eventually abducted by someone different altogether and wakes up on a beautiful, mysterious island off the coast of China–where he finds his father waiting for him with the answers he seeks.
Steven created Jadas in the hopes of genetically engineering an ideal physical specimen–someone strong and fast, with an extraordinary recovery time from illness and injury. But missing from Jadas’s DNA cocktail were the qualities that Steven felt would make him the perfect human being– greed, fear, and violence that led humans to wage war on each other instead of living peacefully together. As he studied and experimented on Jadas, the research company Steven built felt that the genetic engineering that created him could be weaponized–and Steven was driven out of the fold when he refused to allow it.
In his exile, Steven develops a new plan. He creates a second clone, Ju-Wen–and this one has the perfect behavioral traits to go with her physical perfection. As the world crumbles under the weight of disease, he wants Jadas and Ju-Wen to mate, to begin the process of repopulating the world with perfect human specimens, to build a world founded on peace and prosperity for all. After the population of the world has been decimated, and nations themselves have fallen apart, Steven will administer a vaccine, created with Jadas’s DNA, so that they can reshape the world into the utopia he believes can exist.
Now Jadas must weigh his options. Should he let most of the world’s population succumb to illness, to create a better world with better people–at the cost of billions of lives? Or should he go home to his own country, with all of its issues, and use his knowledge and body to create a vaccine himself–to save the world and its people, with all of their flaws? In an extreme situation of valuing short term loss over long term gain, the fate of the world’s population lies in one boy’s hands. And although that boy is a genetically superior human, he is still faced with a challenge we all share – balancing our own needs against sacrificing for the greater good.