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“Shatter” began in First Comics in 1985. It got its own book and the creator promptly quit after two issues. During its run, it was wildly uneven, and it is known only for being the first digitally generated comic book. Which is a shame, because it had a lot more to offer than that.

Initially “Shatter” resembles Blade Runner. Sadr al-din Morales is a temporary cop (basically a deputized bounty hunter) in the distant future. The United States is run by corporations (far-fetched, right?), who discover that RNA can be taken from one human brain and implanted in another via a very special process. This process allows the person who receives the RNA to develop extraordinary intelligence, but only for a while, while the first person is… well, dead.

Sadr, or Shatter, receives RNA but something else happens. The intelligence doesn’t wear off. He is the first permanent recipient of the transfer, and the most wanted man in the world. He takes refuge in the artist’s underground, but treachery waits, and the chase is just starting.

And if that isn’t a cool premise for a new sci-fi show, I don’t know what is. “Shatter” throws ideas against the wall constantly, and although some aren’t very good, all of them are quite original, and there certainly is a need for that.

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