Written by Mark Bertolini
Illustrated by JE
Letters by Chris Horan
Published by AAM Markosia
What would you do with all the knowledge in the world? What if it was constantly fed to your brain like a giant database updating you on what was going on all over the world, all the time? Such is the case with the two main characters in Knowledge. A tale of two men that were the only two success stories of a government experiment simply referred two as the T.A.L.E.N.T. pool. We begin with a man that refers to himself as John Knowledge, our antagonist. Mr. Knowledge single handedly invades the T.A.L.E.N.T. pool headquarters and murders everyone inside; he follows this up by destroying the building. With no other options, the government calls in The Davidian. He’s the only other person that came from the T.A.L.E.N.T. pool with all the knowledge in the world; he’s also the only person capable of stopping the rogue Mr. Knowledge.
Mark Bertolini is crafting a very unique twist on the spy/sci-fi genre with Knowledge. John Knowledge could’ve easily been turned into a Jason Bourne-like hero, but instead the perfect experiment is the villain while the crazy failure has the chance to redeem himself to become the hero. In a typical story of heroism, the man who lost everything would be the villain and vice versa. I love that we’re seeing the other side of the coin. The best villains for a hero are the ones that mirror their best traits, but have a single choice or aspect of their story that differs and drives them to be so different, yet eerily similar. Bertolini is showing that duality beautifully in this story and I can’t wait to learn more about it!
I love how wonderfully eccentric the art is in this story. I can’t help but be reminded of the original art in Ten Grand. It’s so abstract but works perfectly for the story being told. There are a few pages that show Davidian being questioned by the government in a dark room. We’re not given much on why he’s there, but once we’re given the answers they turn the lights on. I loved the symbolism of how we were being ‘brought out of the dark’ as to what was going on in the story. It will definitely be interesting to see where it goes as the story moves on and the action picks up!
This book is definitely worth checking out. If you’re into spy/super soldier sci-fi stories this is an intelligent (pun intended) and fresh look on what really makes a human ‘perfect’ by a different definition than you’re used to. We haven’t been given much in terms of what Mr. Knowledge plans or what Davidian is going to do to stop him, but it’s sure to be a hell of a ride! The book can be found on Comixology here: http://www.comixology.com/
4 out of 5 nerds