Eureka: Dominant Gene #1 (of 4) (Boom! – Cosby / Paglia / Davis / Santos)
Sci-Fi Channel’s smash hit show returns for another series masterminded by the creators of the show, told completely in continuity! EUREKA creators Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia are joined by writer Jonathan L. Davis (THE DUKES OF HAZZARD) in bringing all-new stories from everybody’s favorite town of eccentric geniuses!
This mini, or at least the first issue of the mini is very Zoey-centric. From the show we know that Zoey, the sheriff’s daughter, has enough smarts to usually hold her own as it relates to the rest of the town’s population. This series sees Zoey not fitting in at all, not being able to keep up in class (and not knowing who Sir Issac Newton is?), looking down her nose at “nerds, wishing she were somewhere “normal and overall hating her time in Eureka. This is a change from what Eureka fans have seen, but we will have trust in Cosby, right?
This first issue is a great deal of set-up in this obvious tongue-in-cheek send up to the Twilight books. Zoey is unhappy with her present situation. She wants to find a mysterious, non-nerdy guy who is “normal and cool” who can break her monotony. Almost magically, enter Gene – a hunky brooding loner – who happens to save Zoey’s life when a giant school girl attacks (the token sci-fi moment in the book). Hmmmmm, I hope Stephenie Meyer digs this!
There is a slight twist at the end of the issue where we get to see Gene’s dark side – much less vampire and much more obsessed stalker.
Overall a decent issue, but not great – like I said, tons of set-up and very little action. Between that and this angsty version of Zoey, Dominant Gene has yet to light me up as the previous Eureka series did.
Issue Grade: B