SURGEON X Vol 1: The Path of Most Resistance (Image Comics / color / 208 pages / collecting issues #1-6 / $14.99/£13.99 pbk on sale May 2, 2017 everywhere books are sold / $9.99 digital on sale April 26, 2017) is now available for the first time in paperback.
Written by debut comics writer Sara Kenney, documentary, factual drama and animation filmmaker (Angels and Ghosts, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery) with art by the late, master storyteller John Watkiss (Sandman, Conan, Deadman) and edited by Karen Berger, editor of Berger Books, an imprint of Dark Horse, and founding editor of Vertigo Comics, Vol. 1 collects the first story arc of the acclaimed medical thriller that incorporates politics and family drama seamlessly. This is John Watkiss’ last published work and also features some of his incredible charcoal development drawings.
Set against the backdrop of a medical apocalypse in near-future London, Kenney weaves a story of ordinary people from all walks of life striving to survive in a society constantly threatened by ever-looming disease and a government headed by the Lionheart Party.
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.
The first arc of SURGEON X was funded by a Society Award from Wellcome Trust, an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. They support bright minds in science, the humanities, and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.
In addition to the collection, also debuting on Wednesday, April 26th is the all-new digital exclusive SURGEON X SPECIAL: Trial and Error (Image Comics/color/ 10 pages / $.99 / April 26, 2017) by Sara Kenney with art and cover by Warren Pleece (Incognegro). This standalone story set in Bristol, England in 2037 introduces Sun Walker and asks the question when someone you love is dying, how far would you go to save them? Rosa Scott helps her cousin, Sun, a chemical scientist with a risky plan that could kill or cure. Available only on comiXology and Kindle, the Trial and Error Special was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The SURGEON X comic book series is informed by hundreds of conversations with scientists, physicians, historians, economists, ethicists & philosophers to create this deeply disturbing, yet authentic future world.
For more about SURGEON X head over to: www.SurgeonX.co.uk
Wednesday, May 3rd
Facebook Live with the Royal Society of Chemistry
House of Illustration
2 Granary Square
with Sara Kenney, artist Warren Pleece and chemical scientist Dr Jess Healy
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Sara Kenney – Creator/ Writer
Sara was born in a council house in East London, to Burmese/ English parents who inspired Sara to believe that art and science should not be separated. Her father was a grinding engineer who loved science fiction, fact and comic books: her mother used both art and music during her career as a social worker. For the past 17 years Sara has worked as a freelance writer/producer/director on a range of documentaries and factual dramas for channels including BBC, Channel 4& Discovery as well as working in the field of public engagement with science. In 2013, Sara released her award-winning short Angels and Ghosts, http://www.angelsandghosts.co.uk narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Samantha Morton (Minority Report, Synecdoche New York). Surgeon X is Sara’s first comic. twitter: @surgeonxcomic
John Watkiss – Artist (July 28, 1961-January 20, 2017)
John was a British artist who worked in both comics and film. He passed away earlier this year from cancer. He began his career in London as a portrait painter and illustrator and taught anatomy and fine art at the Royal College of Art, Ballet Stage and Fashion Design, the Museum of the Moving Image in London, and Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation. His extensive career led him from cover artist for graphic novels to storyboard artist and character designer. Watkiss worked for Derek Jarman, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ridley Scott Associates, Francis Ford Coppola, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, and Disney. In comics Watkiss’ work includes Sandman, Conan, Deadman and Ring of Roses. http://www.johnwatkissfineart.com.
Warren Pleece – Artist
Warren Pleece is a comic book artist mostly known for his work on DC Comics Vertigo imprint for titles such as Deadenders, Hellblazer andIncognegro. As well as having worked for the magazine 2000AD, Titan comics Doctor Who series and for numerous publishers including Jonathan Cape, Macmillan and Simon and Shuster, he is also co-creator of comic magazine, Velocity, the graphic novels The Great Unwashed, Montague Terrace and the web series, Alby Figgs.
Karen Berger- Editor
Karen is the editor of Berger Books, an imprint of Dark Horse and is the founding editor of the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. As an industry leader of creative risk-taking and innovative comics storytelling in a wide range of genre fiction, Karen led Vertigo for 20 years, transforming the comics medium by publishing many of the most acclaimed and best-selling comics and graphic novels in the past two decades: Sandman, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Preacher, Fables, Hellblazer, Y–the Last Man, 100 Bullets, The Invisibles, and Transmetropolitan.
(via Press Release)