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

Surgeon X risks everything to save lives, but ultimately ends up warping her medical oath to suit her own decisions.

SARA KENNEY, documentary, factual drama and animation filmmaker (Angels and Ghosts) and master artist JOHN WATKISS (Sandman, Conan, Deadman) join forces with KAREN BERGER, award-winning and Vertigo-founding editor to produce this unique, darkly comic medical thriller, which will horrify and delight in equal measure.



Within the comic there are posters featuring a public health campaign from the ruling Lionheart Party and a series of adverts and information slides, designed to enhance the storyworld. Here are some of the animated versions of these posters. We also interviewed the creative team and some of the experts who advised on the comic – watch the documentaries here, which provide you with some fascinating additional insights.


  • “SURGEON X is everything you could want from a new creator-owned series, nuanced writing, incredible artwork and a premise that hooks you instantly and won't let you go. It's disturbing in the best way.  Karen Berger has always been a visionary and with SURGEON X and it looks like she's found another genius in Sara Kenney!"

    Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER)
  • “SURGEON X reads like a ticking bomb in a tragic future that we have no idea when it will go off. And, the more we read, the more curious we get, interested and invested in these characters, unaware that as we relate to their conflicts, we get closer and closer to the imminent explosion.”

    Fábio Moon (TWO BROTHERS)
  • “A fantastic, gripping debut — and chillingly possible glimpse of a not too distant future. Read it before it's reality."

    Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS)
  • “There’s a lot happening in Surgeon X, we’re caught in the middle of the turmoil, things are going sour as we follow the main character’s quest into a world of unrest. The story leaves the readers on the edge of their seat, wondering: is there hope for this world?”

    Gabriel Bá (TWO BROTHERS)
  • “This is fantastic! Smart, relevant, and prophetic, this is the type of book that can only be written by someone with a profound understanding of medicine, politics, and the reality of where we might be headed. SURGEON X has all the horror of a zombie book, but it's scarier because there's nothing implausible about it.”

  • “SURGEON X is what would happen if Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack was rewritten by P.D. James (and edited by Alan Moore). Thrilling and all-too-real.”

    Samuel Sattin (LEGEND)
  • “SURGEON X is a stunner — my favorite sort of science fiction: a thrilling exploration what optimism and heroism can look like when the world seems to be at its darkest. The medical, political, and ethical questions raised in this all-too-plausible near-future setting are jarringly relevant, and Kenney’s firm grasp on the science involved gives her characters nuanced, complex perspectives on their world and their options within it.  Watkiss’ art is gorgeous, and whether it’s sudden, explosive action or the quiet suspense of social tension, the pacing and storytelling are consistently magnificent.”

    Jen Van Meter (HOPELESS SAVAGES)
  • “Taut, fast-paced and visceral, SURGEON X is a book whose time has come, one that looks ahead to a medical and environmental apocalypse that is all too plausible. With echoes of V for Vendetta, SURGEON X is an intellectual thriller that delivers both action and brains.”

    G. Willow Wilson (MS. MARVEL, AIR)
  • "Timely, relevant and thought provoking. SURGEON X cuts sharp!"

    Jock (WYTCHES)