Written and penciled by illustrator Doug TenNapel, Creature Tech is a science fiction tale published by Top Cow Productions and released as a graphic novel in 2003.
Dr. Michael Ong is a paranormal scientist and former seminary student who works for what the Research Technical Institute or what the locals call “Creature Tech,” a branch of the government based near his hometown of Turlock, California. During one of his tests, a zombified Dr. Jameson, an evil scientist from a century ago, awakens. He steals the authentic Shroud of Turin, determined to awaken an alien he summoned. An alien parasite infects Ong whiles he’s fighting Jameson and turns him into a cyborg. With his new powers, he becomes determined to stop the evil scientist before he destroys Turlock.
Doug TenNapel has a definitive style for all of his works, but each story is unique in its own right. Creature Tech is no different. His character designs for this adventure are most impressive. I especially liked Blue, an alien who appears throughout the story as a giant praying mantis. He serves for some comedy as he befriends some of the rednecks in the area.
I also enjoyed the plot a great deal. While a lot of writers try to add themes to their stories, they can come off as incredibly forced. I did not get that impression with Creature Tech. The plot is entertaining and intriguing, while the themes TenNaple focuses on do not distract or take away from the story. It carries TenNaple’s unique brand of humor that had me laughing at every one-liner and slapstick moment. It is something to enjoy while you are reading.
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