The story of Arcadia Alvarado, former alien abductee (possibly) and current President of the United States, continues, and now that she commands the highest office in the country, she’ll use her power to find out what really happened. But, even with the power of the Presidency at her fingertips, will she be able to get to the truth? Either way, she will have to act fast as the biggest event in world history begins to unfold around her. All of the political intrigue and UFO mythology continues in the sequel and conclusion to the Hugo Award-nominated series Saucer Country.
Kidd and Chloe are lost in Hollywood and… under fire?! Astelle has been alien abducted… by Isis?! The WW2 origins of the UFO myth are… fake news?! And of course, of course, of course, President Arcadia Alvarado is in Moscow, the axis of the story, the axis of recent history, for the season finale of… the human race?
Just a walk with Orthon of Venus, Adamski, the Greys, the Silver Space Lady and our poor Michael across New Mexico, the Saucer State. Secrets are revealed. It all starts coming together. The Chinese Air Force is here too! At what point does astronaut training become worship? At what point does metaphor become fact? Is there a need for flying saucers? More astral Jung per month than any other comic book!
How do you use cake to summon something in the desert? Should you? Space Warfare Task Group reports back, and now Arcadia might have a gun in time. There’s a grave for someone who’s meant to be heading back to Earth. No more damned data. The Russians say something terrible. And Fausto plays the trumpet. It’s the White House vs. ufology vs. incoming actual real damn aliens. With a flying bedstead.
With a real alien ship a year away from Earth, Arcadia’s far right political foes are suggesting something that sounds horribly like revolution. Meanwhile, fairies are offering her ex-husband a cake-for-access deal. No, really. It’s the start of a quest that will unlock the secrets of reality as the series takes its unique mixture of House of Cards and Jeff Kripal to… Russia? Soon readers everywhere will be able to say, “Oh, they went there.” Because there is where we live.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Main Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Intermix Cover: Matt Kindt
Retailer variant: Ryan Kelly
New Story Arc! Following the bloody battle between townships, Robert learns that the infamous serial killer from the past might be one of their own people, and begins tearing the Kingdom apart to find them.
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After last issue’s cliffhanger, US President Arcadia Alvarado is acting fast against the biggest event in world history. “Drop everything, spend everything. Give me a damn gun.” “It won’t be a war. It’ll be a slaughter.” “Isn’t that exactly what the post-truth bastards do?” Jump onboard as the conclusion to Saucer Country heads one step closer to the finishing line… and the end of everything!
She was abducted by aliens. Now she’s the President. She’s going to use the power of that office to find out what really happened. But will they let her?
Saucer State is the sequel to and the conclusion of the Hugo Award nominated Saucer Country and brilliantly mixes politics with a bit of The X-Files. Actually, a lot of The X-Files. That’s also not a bad thing at all as the two concepts mashed up make for an intriguing story. Usually, when we get this sort of tale the government is behind the conspiracy or it’s focused on an individual fighting for the truth. Instead, the government, in the form of the new President, is the ones fighting to find the truth.
If you haven’t read the first volume Saucer Country, and you should, you can still dive into this first issue as it does a solid job catching you up on what’s going on and moving the story forward. It helps having read the first volume, but it’s not a necessity. It adds depth, but doesn’t reveal anything that’s a must know at this point and time.
What I particularly like about what writer Paul Cornell has done with this series is the fact he gets a lot of the politics right. I’m not talking positions and platforms, I’m talking the backroom interactions and dealings. How the operatives act and talk and what’s discussed are often things I’ve experienced (though nothing about aliens). There’s enough of that to make it feel realistic and “lived in.”
Artist Ryan Kelly delivers with solid art that adds to the realism with characters that look completely normal and are all distinct, settings that feel real and worn, but also mixing in the sci-fi elements to it all. The fact Kelly is able to balance the real world and fantastical is impressive as it feels seamless and works together.
As a fan of the first volume, Saucer State has been a comic I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced and can’t wait to see where Cornell and Kelly take us as far as this conspiracy goes. If the end of the first issue is any indication, it’ll be a wild ride as already I’m caught off guard with the unexpected. A solid return and debut and I’m excited to see what happens next.
Story: Paul Cornell Art: Ryan Kelly Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy
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She was abducted by aliens. Now she’s the President. She’s going to use the power of that office to find out what really happened. But will they let her? Saucer State is the sequel to and the conclusion of the Hugo Award nominated Saucer Country. It’s House of Cards does The X-Files. It’s a bulletin from the brightest timeline. She will break the world to find who hurt her. And new readers can start here.