There hasn’t been any good news for the Clone Club lately. Word has it that the Orphan Black creators totally spoiled next season’s finale. Nice going, creators. And fans are still hurting inside over star Tatiana Maslany’s Emmys snub. Or, that is to say, her second snub in two years. Tracking the footsteps of a pretty respectable season 2, it goes without saying that the show and its loyal followers are due for some good news. As if having a television sci-fi drama about a top secret clone factory wasn’t cool enough, things are about to get about ten times nerdier. If comics group IDW have their way, we’ll all soon be rolling up Sarah Manning and her “sestras” and sticking them in our back pockets! Sound like good news to you?


The company behind The Shunned One has inked a deal to publish comics based on Orphan Black’s premise and characters, but with original and all new stories. They will work closely with the show’s producers in order to preserve the direction and heart of the beloved BBC series. IDW Editor Chris Ryall weighs in:

“Orphan Black, in addition to being a captivating TV series, is a perfect premise for comics, […] And as the second season has expanded the series in exciting new directions, that has only increased the amount of stories we’ll be able to tell in comic-book form.”

No further details were announced and we can all look for both the TV series and the comic to show its cadre of pretty faces in early 2015.

I guess this is a cool idea. It’s got its pros and cons. Pros being that comics will enable the show to expand beyond its television budget in terms of scope and imagination. One major con though is that, though the likeness of Tatiana Maslany is always welcome anywhere, it just won’t be Tatiana Maslany. The woman owns the show (and my dreams. I’ve said too much) in terms of expert professionalism and an acting range most Hollywood stars have to be jealous of. She’s in a class by herself and if the Emmy’s can’t see that, then they can go to hell. Two female character performances stood out to me in 2014. One was this goddess Maslany, the other was Eva Green from Penny Dreadful. Sure, Claire Danes from Homeland was rockin,’ but no TV ladies beat those two top picks in my opinion. And the nuances Maslany brings to those many characters just won’t be present in anyone’s comic book.


That said, let’s do this. It could be a great supplement to the show. And I see comic makers bringing forth a badass. There’s been evidence that the clones could have some “built in” fighting skills, but they don’t know what to do with them. Alison Hendrix was doing well against her two project abductors before they shoved her in the van, and Helena is a walking wrecking machine. The comics could expose Black Widow caliber awesomeness from at least two of our favorite #CloneClubbers.

Source – Den Of Geek

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