Surgeon X is the story of a future where the drugs we rely on to cure infections no longer work for most people, which is not far from the reality we live in. Constant warnings against unnecessary antibiotic use have become standard practice. To make a bad situation worse, the far right-wing British Government only allocates medicine to ‘productive’ citizens.
Rosa Scott, a brilliant surgeon, becomes a vigilante doctor who uses experimental surgery and black market drugs to treat her patients under the alias Surgeon X. Rosa develops a godlike complex, deciding who will live and who will die. Ultimately, she believes that the only way to survive in this brutal world is to adopt her own warped moral code even if it endangers her loved ones.
Surgeon X is a darkly comic medical thriller set to horrify and delight in equal measure. It’s by acclaimed filmmaker Sara Kenney, master artist John Watkiss and Vertigo founder Karen Berger. You can examine the oversized first issue when it hits shelves and digital marketplaces September 28.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. His favourite graphic novel is Alan Moore’s From Hell. You can find him on Twitter @DrVane