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Preview: Saucer State

Saucer State

Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)

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.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-127-4

Preview: Saucer State #6 (of 6)

Saucer State #6 (of 6)

Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)

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?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Saucer State #5

Saucer State #5

Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)

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!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Saucer State #4

Saucer State #4

Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)

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.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Javier

Darkseid Special #1 (DC Comics) – Given that we celebrate Jack Kirby’s centennial this week, this book is auto selected as my number 1 pick. Penned by Mark Evanier (Kirby’s biographer), and with Paul Levitz, it includes Granny Goodness, an OMAC short, and a classic Kirby Fourth World story.

Deadly Class #30 (Image Comics) – 1980s big hair and depression. Remender delivers.

Crosswind #3 (Image Comics) – Gail Simone and Cat Staggs breathe new life into the old body switcheroo story gimmick, with a murderous hitman twist.

Animosity #9 (Aftershock Comics) – Marguerite Bennett’s post-apocalyptic animal ruled world blends action and drama with Latorre’s spellbinding art.

Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer (BOOM! Studios) – There’s definitely some hubris in including the writer’s name in the comic book’s title, but this is the Victor Lavalle who wrote ‘Slapboxing with Jesus’ and ‘The Ballad of Black Tom’. His graphic update on Shelley’s Frankenstein is potentially the BOOM! sleeper hit of 2017.

 

Brett

All-Star Batman #13 (DC Comics) – All-Star Batman has been one the most consistently entertaining comics from DC and one of the best comics on the market. A character study in comics and a must read.

John Carpenter Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #2 (Storm King Comics) – Great science fiction horror action that ups the tense setting and story.

Return of the Dapper Men (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – The award winning graphic novel is reprinted with new material. If you missed it the first time, now is your chance to get it.

Star Wars #35/Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1 (Marvel) – Some of the best comics Marvel has been producing has been their Star Wars comics and this week we get two releases that I’m sure are entertaining if the past releases are any indication. Add in a comic just focused on mace Windu and I’m totally in.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #10 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers comics have been knocking it out of the park with political intrigue, action, lots of drama, and some of the best science fiction allegories being produced today. These comics feel like they have more in common with the original Star Trek than they do the 80s cartoon.

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Black Hammer #12 (Dark Horse) – Jeff Lemire continues to impress with his take on deconstructing super heroes.

Detective Comics #963 (DC Comics) – Things are kicking up as the group now knows that Tim Drake is alive. But, before we get to that this issue focuses on Spoiler and Anarky.

Mother Panic #10 (DC Comics/Young Animal) – Batman without the restraint. Just brutal and awesome.

Nightwing: The New Order #1 (DC Comics) – Maybe not the best timing but we’re intrigued to see what this fascist Nightwing has in store for us.

First Strike #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue started off with a bang (literally) and we can’t wait to see what the second brings in this crossover of properties like G.I. Joe and Transformers.

Saucer State #3 (IDW Publishing) – Aliens. Conspiracies. Politics. The President of the United States. Yes please!

Hard Place #1 (Image Comics) – A former wheelman tries to go straight but is caught up in a robbery and is being chased by the cops and Russian mob. Sounds awesome!

Lazarus X Plus 66 #2 (Image Comics) – Some of the best world building in all of entertainment.

Shirtless Bear-Fighter #3 (Image Comics) – The concept is goofy but we’ve been having a blast with this series.

Generations: Unworthy Thor & Mighty Thor #1 (Marvel) – We’re not quite sure the big picture point of these one-shots, but we’re still holding out hope.

Secret Empire #9 (Marvel) – We’ve had mixed reactions here as to this event (generally negative) but with one more issue to go we want to see how it wraps up and if there’s any way to right this wrong.

X-Men: Gold #10 (Marvel) – The relaunched X line from Marvel has been a big improvement and this is easily its best series.

Bubblegun Vol. 2 #4 (Aspen) -A fun sci-fi series with eye catching visuals that feels like it should have a game to go along with it.

Catalyst Prime: Incidentals #1 (Lion Forge) – The company’s latest addition to its Catalyst Prime line of comics and the first group book. We’re intrigued to see where things go and how this stands out.

Clueless (BOOM! Studios) – As if!? The classic film gets a new graphic novel and we’re so ready to head back to the 90s.

Heathen #5 (Vault Comics) – The first four issues have been fantastic to read and look at in this new take with a vikings(ish) world.

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sounds like a riff on Empire Records. We’re sold on that alone.

Letter 44 #35 (Oni Press) – All the answers!!! ALL OF THEM!!! The series wraps up with this final issue.

Sisters of Sorrow #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A gritty series from the same person that did Sons of Anarchy. The first issue felt like a 70s exploitation/revenge film in a way and it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from there.

War Mother #1 (Valiant) – This character has been touched upon a few times through various Valiant events, but she’s finally getting her own series and we can’t wait to see what’s done with the character. Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and we’re expecting no less with this one.

Preview: Saucer State #3 (of 6)

Saucer State #3 (of 6)

Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)

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.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Saucer State #2 (of 6)

Saucer State #2 (of 6)

Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)

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!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Review: Saucer State #1

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

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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