Book Reviews

Orphan Black: Deviations by Heli Kennedy, Art by Wayne Nichols

Orphan Black- Deviations by Heli Kennedy, Wayne NicholsRating: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Orphan Black Deviations is what would have happened if Sarah had prevented Beth from dying in the first episode of Orphan Black.

If youโ€™re a fan of the series, I HIGHLY recommend this comic. BUT it would definitely be advisable to have watched at least some of season 4 before you read this because it contains tons of spoilers for that season.

Basically if Beth hadnโ€™t died, the story would have zoomed by at Mad Max speed, skipping over a lot of the nuance, character and relationship building from seasons 1-3.

The downside is that Beth and Sarah are quite similar characters in that theyโ€™re both forceful alpha leaders to the Clone Club. With Beth being in the picture, Sarah (literally) has her hands tied for most of it, and you donโ€™t get to see her shine as a character with her skillfull impersonations of Beth and her improvisation skills.

A couple more clones are added to the team, but they hardly make up for all the soul that Sarah brings to the story.

The other downside is: no Tatiana Maslany. We already know she is a mind-blowingly skilled actress, but it’s even more evident when reading this story through a comic and not having her voices and acting to help distinguish the clones from one another. The text bubbles were confusing to follow at many points and it made me sorely miss the voices that she designed for each character.

But I guess the advantage is they can freely write the story with groups of clones congregating as often as they want?

The comic ends quite tragically and I really hope they follow it up with a second volume rather than keeping this as a one-shot exercise in re-imagination.

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