Written by Dave Brink and drawn by Pow Rodrix, this book wastes no time in getting right to the action, as it opens with a naked woman being woken in some kind of high-tech laboratory with no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. And before she has time to figure any of that out, she’s attacked by a big red werewolf.
And then things get weird.
The book puts us, the reader, in the same position as our lead, as like her we’re playing catch-up, trying to figure out what’s going on as lots of violence is happening all around her. Her name is Ten, because she’s the 10th creation of The Perfection Program (making her “Perfection #10”, get it?), which is part of a secret agency that creates biosynthetic humanoids, called synthoids, genetically engineering them to be assassins who hunt down and kill supervillains. And after each mission, the synthoids are brought back to the lab to have their memory wiped.
Ten is told all of this by Doctor Virgil Pratt, he’s the scientist who created her and the others. And he has a rather tragic backstory himself. But he’s woken Ten because now a bunch of supervillains (called “metanormals” or “ultravalids” in this book) have attacked the agency’s HQ and killed the other humanoids, making Ten the last one left, and he’s trying to get both of them out to safety before they’re killed.
And that’s basically the rest of the issue, Ten trying to stay alive while fighting off one bizarre supervillain after another (the red werewolf was just the start, the radioactive skeleton in a suit of armor was even deadlier), all the while trying to come to terms with who and what she is. An interesting character twist is that she immediately decides that she doesn’t want to kill anyone anymore, but that doesn’t mean she’s above inflicting some serious damage on her enemies. The action ratches up to the dramatic cliffhanger ending.
It’s an exciting book, which instantly feels like it’s taking place in a fully-realized superhero universe. The story is 23 pages, and it’s satisfying enough on its own while also leaving you wanting more. Rodrix’s art is nice to look at, there’s no denying the cheesecake factor of the title, especially since Ten spends the first 7 pages naked (all nudity is implied, not actually shown) before she’s given the skintight outfit that she wears for the remainder of the issue. Also included are 7 pin-ups of Ten drawn by different artists. Strictly in terms of quality, I can recommend this book with a Chacebook rating of FIVE STARS
I will be honest though, I was lucky enough to get this book digitally when it was available for sale on IndyPlanet. However it’s not currently available on that service and, as far as I can see, is only available in print from the Genuine Comics website, for $14.99. And, well, frankly, it’s good but not that good. They really need to lower the price to make this worth buying.
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