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BOOM! Releases a First Look at Alienated #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at  Alienated #3, the latest issue of the new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell, a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available on May 20, 2020.

It’s Samantha’s turn with Chip—the dangerous alien—but everything starts to go wrong when she instigates a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend. Scared and angry, Samantha struggles with the decision to use Chip’s powers for her own benefit. But not even she knows what the true consequences will be…

Alienated #3 features a main cover illustrated by series artist Chris Wildgoose and variant cover art by artist Ramón K. Pérez.

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Preview: Alienated #2

Alienated #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Chris Wildgoose
Colorist: André May
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Chris Wildgoose
Price: $3.99

After outcast teens, Samuel, Samantha, and Samir, find an adorable but dangerous alien creature in the woods and name him Chip, they bond over their shared secret. But as the pressures of hiding an actual alien mount, they each begin to fantasize.

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Get a first look at Alienated #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at  Alienated #2, the latest issue of a new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell, a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available on March 18, 2020.

After outcast teens Samuel, Samantha, and Samir find an adorable but dangerous alien creature in the woods and name him Chip, they bond over their shared secret. But as the pressures of hiding an actual alien mount, they each begin to fantasize about how to use Chip’s strange powers to improve the world—starting with their current lives.

Alienated #2 features a main cover illustrated by series artist Chris Wildgoose and variant cover art by acclaimed artist Joe Quinones.

Alienated #2

Alienated #1 2nd Printing Sells Out and Gets a Third

BOOM! Studios has announced that the second printing of Alienated #1, the premiere issue of the new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell has sold out at the distributor level. Alienated is the subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it.

In order to meet the overwhelming demand from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked Alienated #1 Third Printing to arrive in comic shops on March 18, 2020. This third printing will feature new cover art by Wildgoose with colors by André May. Quantities are limited and allocation may occur.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

ALIENATED #1 THIRD PRINTING

Review: Alienated #1

Alienated #1

Three kids not connected, beyond a name iteration of Sam, discover a mysterious orb. The three kids are bound together after touching the orb, hearing each other’s thoughts. Alienated #1 kicks off a new series that evokes IT, Stand By Me, and ET. It’s also really good finding its own engaging voice.

There’s a familiarity to Alienated #1. Writer Simon Spurrier might be counting on it to deliver something new a different. That familiarity does catch the reader off guard here and there. Spurrier throws in moments that are unexpected. Expected moments are just different enough.

What Alienated #1 does really well is allow us to understand who these three kids are. By the end of the first issue, we have a good sense of their personalities and where they come from. Not every detail about the characters is laid on the table. There’s just enough left lingering to make each interesting. We get a sense of personalities but not necessarily the experiences that got them where they are.

There’s also a good sense of humor throughout the comic. Spurrier delivers laughs as the situation gets weirder and weirder. But, that humor is a way to get the reader’s defenses down for the end which changes the tone of the comic shifting it from sci-fi to a tinge of horror.

The art by Chris Wildgoose helps with all of that. There’s an innocence and safe aspect to the comic in its style. It belies what’s to come and where the comic ends. Much like Spurrier’s writing, the art feels like it has a goal to rope-a-dope the reader in a way. Delivering cute when there’s something more nefarious. The color by André May helps to deliver a slightly bright palette to put the reader at ease. The lettering by Jim Campbell stands out. The lettering really emphasizes and drives speech patterns and dialogue. Lettering styles differentiate indicating if something is muttered/said quietly or said in a normal speech pattern. It’s an interesting use of lettering that really makes the dialogue and interactions stand out.

Alienated #1 is a solid start to the series that has us immediately wanting to come back to see more. Each character is interesting in their own way and where things end up should be fascinating to see their reactions. A fantastic debut that’s definitely worth checking out.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Chris Wildgoose
Color: André May Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Alienated #1

Alienated #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Chris Wildgoose
Colorist: André May
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
    Main Cover:
Chris Wildgoose
    Variant Cover: Bengal
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Jamie McKelvie
Price: $3.99

Acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier (John Constantine Hellblazer, Coda) and artist Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl, Batman: Nightwalker) present a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a superpredator in the making—and it’s in need of prey.

Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1

Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose’s Alienated #1 Sells Out Before Release

BOOM! Studios has announced that the first printing of Alienated #1, the premiere issue of the new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell has sold out at the distributor level. Alienated is the subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it,

In order to meet the overwhelming demand from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked Alienated #1 Second Printing to arrive in comic shops on March 3, 2020. This second printing will feature new cover art by Wildgoose. Quantities are limited and allocation may occur.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

The first printing comes to shops on February 12, 2020.

Alienated #1 Second Printing

Watch the Brand New Trailer for Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose’s Alienated #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a brand new series trailer for Alienated #1,  the premiere issue of a new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell, a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available in February 2020.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1 features a main cover illustrated by Wildgoose and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Bengal and Jamie McKelvie. It comes to shelves February 12, 2020.

Get a First Look at Alienated #1 from Simon Spurrier, Chris Wildgoose, André May, and Jim Campbell

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at  Alienated #1, the premiere issue of a new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell, a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available in February 2020.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1 will be available for sale February 12, 2020.

Alienated #1

The Spire #8 is a Poignant, Emotional Conclusion

Spire_008_PRESS-6There are a number of reasons why The Spire is nominated for an Eisner for Best Limited Series. It features some confident, natural character writing from Simon Spurrier, crafting a world that feels bigger beyond its featured characters and features a relevant take on the effects of the past with how certain groups of people (the Zoarim) are thought of. Jeff Stokley’s illustrations feature an impressive amount of line work that really gives a load of energy and a lived-in appearance to the Spire and its surroundings. His ability to capture bigger moments through unexpected splash pages and more nuanced, quieter moments show his flexibility as an artist. André May on colours adds so much to the world of The Spire with a blending of warm and cooler colours depending on the moods of the various scenes. May really knows how to amplify the tension of a chase sequence or revelation (there are some really great ones in this issue for example) with blasts of purple, greens, and yellows on top of subtler greys and browns for the calmer moments. Steve Wands’s lettering completes the creative team with a variety of effectively used sound effects, a utilization of various fonts, sizes and colours to insinuate tones of voices, and a firm grasp on guiding the reader through the hectic action. This is a true collaborative effort that features each member orchestrating at a high level of quality.

Without really getting into spoiling this eighth and unfortunately final issue, there are a ton of revelations and twists to digest…my goodness. Somehow, there is still room to explore further the characters of Sha, Juletta the Baroness, Tavi and Meera. All the cards are put on the table face up and there are definitely some shocking and unexpected turns of events. Sha is determined to hunt down and discover the true identity of the murderer that leads to quite the back and forth squabbling that should appeal to the heated discussions and debates in a Jane Austen or Dostoyevsky novel. There is a little less pomp and circumstance and more blood and betrayal. Additionally, a little humour is part of the final journey as well provided by Pug with a manga-like shouting of his attack “hero fartslam”; easily one of the best lines in comics this year.

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What the creative team of The Spire has crafted is a tale ultimately about identity. And not only how one feels and understands on their own identity, but a grander respective (sometimes disrespected) grasping of those that may not be on the surface part of the same culture and background. The Spire also tackles how history effects us, repeating itself more often than is thought and its relevancy to also how consistently change is ignored or swept under the rug. The emotional conclusion to this final issue begs to ask how comfortable we are in our own bodies, both physically and mentally, and how the dilemmas these thoughts have effect beyond merely our own selves.

Often the fears faced by Sha causes her to withhold her own true emotions, such as her hidden relationship with Meera, the Baroness Juletta’s daughter. On the other side is Tavi and her fear of change and wishing to maintain the traditions that have been long standing for generations. These dualities exist alongside the similar nature in which the Zoarim are kept at a distance. Ignorance isn’t bliss, it’s cowardly. The Spire poignantly dabbles in these ideas in a fantastical way but is brilliantly grounded. More limited series should take a look at what The Spire has done in its eight-issue run and take notes with its effective combination of plot, characters, setting, emotion, etc., feeding off each other into a fantastic, special read.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Jeff Stokely
Colours: André May (Tamra Bonvillain on cover) Lettering: Steve Wands
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Boom! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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