|"Repo" #1 cover by Rob G and inside front cover.|
Nobody likes repo men, especially not clones. I mean, you're a clone and you're just walking around, minding your own business when all of a sudden a legion of repo agents show up and chase you down in their hover cars because you're carrying inside you the beating heart of the old gazillionaire you're actually cloned from and the only people who'll help you are an army of ex-sex clones named Wendy.
If you're reading this and thinking, "that's awesome, " then "Repo" is definitely the comic for you. Created by the authors of the acclaimed "Teenagers From Mars" Rick Spears and Rob G, "Repo" is a new five issue mini-series that ships in June from Image Comics. CBR News hooked up with Spears to talk about the new book.
The story of "Repo" follows the adventures of KD and Emil, two small time repo men living in a futuristic environment called the Sprawl and their mission to repossess the beating heart of an escaped clone. Unfortunately for them, the multi-million dollar price on the clone's head (or heart) is drawing in every hyper-violent repo team around – not to mention the Clone Liberation Army – all of whom KD and Emil will have to fight their way through and hopefully come out both rich and alive.
|"Repo" #1, pages 1 and 2|
Illustrating "Repo" is artist Rob G (whose studio CBR toured earlier this year), known for his work with Brian Wood on the "Couriers" series from AiT/PlanetLar and his "Teenagers From Mars" collaboration with Spears. The pair developed "Repo" while trying to find an idea for an ongoing series. "From looking around it seemed a lot of ongoing stuff, TV or what have you, stemmed from the hero having a job with a recurring story ability," Spears explained. "Such as a cop/private detective on a new case each month, or a lawyer with a new client or a superhero with a new villain. But a lot of these have been done to death and we were looking for something a bit more fresh. That's where repo men came in, where they can work different repossessions and get into all sorts of mayhem."
Although "Repo" features clones, hover cars, ultra-violence and other trappings of the science-fiction action genre, Spears does not actually consider "Repo" to be a sci-fi piece. "It's really just set in a near future where we can be a bit more free with physics for bigger action pieces and have some wild fun," the writer said. "It's the kind of world where they have cured cancer, but not the stink of cigarettes so you still can't smoke anywhere and you can put Las Vegas on the moon. That sort of fun stuff, but this isn't what they call hard sci-fi."
|"Repo" #1, pages 3 and 4|
Finally, there's Mr. Killian, a "rich old bastard" who's built a "New Las Vegas" on the moon. A sickly Mr. Burns-type character, it is from Killian himself that "Repo's" escaped clone is cloned. Hoping to create a new heart to be transplanted into himself, Killian modified his clone be weak and feeble-minded, fearing that a young and stronger version of himself would become a threat. "[The clone] is basically a drooling moron with a beating heart," Spears said.
What Killian didn't count on was the Clone Liberation Army, formed by a league of sex clones all called Wendy. Helping the Wendys to protect the Killian clone from, er, himself are the Kens, male soldier clones who have also freed themselves and joined the clone underground.
|"Repo" #1, pages 5 and 6|
Part buddy comedy, part action piece and part conspiracy theory, Spears and G designed "Repo" for maximum fun-ness. "I really want to push 'Repo' as far as we can and make it as outrageous as possible...But yeah, we're gonna have some fun."
"Repo" #1 ships this June from Image Comics.
CBR Staff Writer Andy Khouri contributed to this story.
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