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REVIEW: The Surgeon #3


REVIEW: The Surgeon #3

Book Title: The Surgeon #3

Book Description: The year is circa 2050 A.D. Fifteen years ago the world suffered a nuclear holocaust. To escape it the one percent fled to underground bunkers never to be heard from again. They left the rest of the world to die without a second thought. One of those left behind was Dr. Jenny Hanover. She was almost done with her residency as an orthopedic surgeon when the world changed forever. Now she’s wandering through the Black Hills bartering medical services for supplies. Along the way Hanover has developed an impressive ability with a blade. As we’ve seen over the first two issues, that ability has come in handy. A group of ruthless, drug-addled lunatics called the Hot Animal Machines has essentially declared war on the peaceful hamlet of Turtle Island. As the second installment concluded the Hot Animal Machines had breached the city walls of Turtle Island. The third issue of The Surgeon picks up with a melee where the wall has been breached. Dr. Hanover is right in the thick of things dealing out prescriptions of pain to any member of the Hot Animal Machines that gets too close. When the dust settles the townsfolk are victorious. It comes at a great cost though. Lives have been lost. Supplies have been gutted. The surviving people of Turtle Island have the emotional scars of having killed another man. What’s worse is that while defeated, the Hot Animal Machines were not vanquished. They have set up camp far enough outside of town to avoid a surprise attack but close enough to create a blockade and put Turtle Island under siege. Can Hanover and company think of a solution to this development?

Book Author: John Pence

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Unlikely Heroes Studios

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Illustrator: Stan Yak

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


I had every intention of pacing myself with The Surgeon. It’s like Stranger Things. If you binge watch a season it could be a long time before the opportunity for new content comes along. I didn’t want to put myself in that predicament. That resolve lasted about two weeks. The Surgeon is that addictive. 

It has everything you can want in a story. It has action. It has drama. It has relatable characters. All of this is tied up with the pretty bow of having a plot that isn’t a stretch of the imagination to be plausible.

I can’t say enough good things about this cover. The crisp lines make the artwork striking. The coloring makes this particular Hot Animal Machine into the stuff nightmares are made of. All the while we are getting a dramatic scene that makes you want to know more.

As readers we establish a rapport with the creative team. By that I mean there are artistic styles that both the writer and artist have that we become accustomed to. This is why it’s hard to change artists in the middle of a series and maintain the continuity of the story. 

Mr. Yak picked up where Mr. Dolan left off and it was a seamless transition. If I hadn’t read the credits I would never have known there had been a change. Mr. Yak did a phenomenal job with his depictions of the Hot Animal Machines. I especially liked the panel when they were about to raid where the women and children were hiding.

As a geek on a budget I’m here to tell you that it’s hard to miss with The Surgeon. It’s Firefly meets Mad Max. We just don’t get a crazy guy playing a flame throwing guitar…. Yet.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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