In the story of Biowars, that character is Alexander Hawking, a regular guy attending a city college in Manhattan. Alex has no super powers, has probably never been in a fistfight his entire life, and though he might claim otherwise, doesn’t exactly cause women to swoon at his feet. He’s a smart guy, but isn’t setting the world on fire with his grades. Like any college kid, he prefers to live in the moment, which usually means playing Xbox and hanging out with friends. He loves his father, but their relationship is strained, and Alex resents his old man’s constant urging to ‘live up to his full potential.’
There is, in short, nothing remarkable about Alex. But then his father inadvertently passes a germ to him, and with it, a destiny. It’s not just any germ, you see, but a microbe designed to annihilate the human immune system: a more efficient and untraceable version of an assassin’s bullet.
The engineers of this biotech weapon are a secretive group of elites called The Combine. Their assassination of Marcus Hawking, Alex’s father, provides the story’s inciting incident, changing Alex’s entire worldview in a heartbeat and sparking his hero’s journey. With his dying breath, Marcus makes Alex vow to expose the ruthless cabal and save the world from their threat.
This is a unique series – in terms of story and of distribution! 8 issues in and we still are getting a slow burn between the 2 (currently distinct) stories. First we have the macro-verse – within the body as the different factions fight the foreign invader to the body (who has his own issues)
The art here is colorful and different, with some great imaginative aspects to it. There are now defined areas within the factions and they all have their ways of dealing with this internal aspect of the BioWars. The battle scenes (of which there are a few) are excellent with some parts showing the close up action and some showing the wider view! At first the distinctions were hard, but as time goes on these have become clearer, with their own personalities.
In the ‘real’ world we get a more conventional battle, with a shadowy secret group with plans to change the world, science and action reporting! There are suitable parts science and action with some likable (and unlikable) characters.
Overall the art is really slick and the story telling tight and in for the long haul!
You can download these comics as PDF’s and there are additional aspects on the BioWars website! Which make this a nice well rounded adventure – of which you can dip your toes in and read the comics, but there is so much more you can explore – plus there are plans for a mobile game too!