Saucer State #2
Saucer State #2 really starts to delve deeper into the political-alien-thriller-mystery that is going to keep this series successful. Whereas the first Issue was a little hard to follow, this second piece of the puzzle lends scope and understanding to the different plot lines introduced in the initial Issue. This is largely due to the detailed (and cleverly “redacted”) catch-up introduction. This quick summary puts the vents of the first Issue in perspective and makes Saucer State #2 easy to pick up.
The President is more and more sure that her alien abduction was a reality, and has something to do with he strange saucers approaching Earth. As she prepares to reveal her experiences to her trusted advisers, and maybe the public, Michael is having his own realizations. He is starting to believe that his visions of faeries are real, and that his little fairy cake might come in handy. All this reality is subject to change considering the presence of the thought-warping microwave device that might come into play more later on.
Paul Cornell really hit his stride in this issue, now that there is less catching up to do from the original arc. This Issue feels a lot more “X-Files” (complete with Mulder and Scully jokes), which is adds an element of mystery and suspense to a familiar tale of abduction and alien invasion. The President comes across as a stronger character in this Issue, and she takes charge even though she is sorting through her own mysteries. Overall, the story is coming together. The definite high point of this issue is the creativity in representing different groups and religions as they respond to the possibility of an alien attack— it all seems realistic, and the representation of many religions, groups, and cultures is well-rounded and diverse.
The art brings this issue together, and helps solidify the suspenseful mystery taking charge of the plot. Ryan Kelly takes advantage of different visual perspectives and dynamic panel arrangements to really show the movement of the plot and the paths of different characters. The violence (no spoilers!) is conveyed clearly, in a way that adds suspense to the situation. The deep blues of Adam Guzowski’s color palette really bring in the deep space vibes, while remaining realistic enough to convey the threat of the invasion. Simon Bowland shows great lettering skills in this book. With so many characters coming in and out of scenes, and a lot of moving to different scenes, having dialogue that is smooth and easy to follow helps keep the story moving along in an understandable way.
Saucer State #2 solidifies my interest in this series. Whereas Saucer State #1 was a bit difficult to follow, especially for readers who are unfamiliar with the previous arc, Issue #2 pulls the story together and solidifies that character and events. Even as the mystery deepens and the President discovers more layers to her mysterious abduction, she still needs to deal with the reality of an impending alien craft and Michael’s faerie problems. The plot lines are starting to weave together in interesting ways, and hopefully that continues to be the case in Saucer State #3.
Saucer State #1 is available Wednesday, June 28th
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