Monday, June 12, 2017

Saucer State #1 Review

"Saucer State" #1 from IDW -

      Arcadia Alvarado is the ex-Governor of New Mexico and the newly-elected President of the United States. But President Alvarado's got no time for celebration, she's got a divided country to run...And she's got a terrible, mysterious secret that she's spent years trying to quietly unravel. You see, a few years ago, President Alvarado and her ex-husband, Michael, were abducted and abused by aliens.  President Alvarado has assembled a small group of friends to help her solve her mystery, including her Chief of Staff, and one Professor Joshua Kidd - an academic and investigator of UFO phenomenon. Battling the horrifying remnants left in her memories of what the aliens did to her, navigating the constant political jockeying by friend and foe, guarding a secret that could destroy her political career, and trying to covertly get to the bottom of an otherworldly conspiracy that just might involve human agents, President Alvarado is fighting tirelessly and not backing down...But, it seems that neither are the aliens. President Alvarado's just gotten the report...NASA's seemingly just made first contact with an approaching extra-terrestrial craft!

     Finally! Writer, Paul Cornell and artist, Ryan Kelly, are back with the sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated sci-fi thriller, "Saucer Country." "Saucer State" doesn't miss a beat, giving us a succinct, one-page prose summary of the events that took place in "Saucer Country" and then Cornell tosses us right into the story of the hard-charging President Alvarado her curious cabal of alien investigators. "Saucer State" is what you would get if two much-beloved TV shows, "The X-Files" and "The West Wing," were to pair up and have a baby. It's the perfect mix of political intrigue, weird science-fiction, and mystery, all populated by three-dimensional characters with distinct personalities and motivations that made this issue a real page-turner. Kelly's pencils are great - he's got an eye for creating distinctive characters whose physical appearances really match perfectly with their personalities (at least in my mind). I got no one confused, quickly learned (or remembered) the names of all characters, and began the process of deciding who I liked, didn't like, or didn't trust. In other words, Cornell's and Kelly's "Saucer State" removed all barriers to the readers being able to immerse themselves in the story which, for me, made for the beginnings of an engrossing sci-fi mystery and a journey with these characters that I'd love to see through to the end. I'm so on board for "Saucer State!"

RATING: 10 out of 10.

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