SURGEON X: A new comic explores the antibiotic apocalypse

06 Apr 2016
Written by
Longitude Prize

Earlier this year we asked a games expert to write about the role that gaming can play in science research and education. Today, an announcement at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Washington, set the comics and entertainment industries abuzz. However, the announcement also caused excitement among antibiotic stewardship communities.

Writer Sara Kenney and artist John Watkiss have come together for an all new comic series, SURGEON X, and joined forces with the award-winning Karen Berger, founding editor of DC’s Vertigo imprint.  

Set against the backdrop of an antibiotic apocalypse in near future London, Rosa Scott is a brilliant and obsessive surgeon who becomes Surgeon X, a vigilante doctor who uses experimental surgery and black market drugs to treat patients.

But as Surgeon X, Rosa soon develops a godlike-complex, deciding who will live and who will die. Ultimately, she believes that to survive in this compromised world her own warped moral code is the one she must follow—even if it endangers those closest to her.

The comic is informed by hundreds of conversations with scientists, physicians, historians, economists, ethicists & philosophers to create this deeply disturbing, yet authentic future world.

SURGEON X was funded by a Society Award from Wellcome Trust.

SURGEON X will launch in Fall 2016. 


Image property of SURGEON X.