Creighton’s Recommendations…Saucer State #3
“Fans of Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s Vertigo series would be forgiven if they were apprehensive about Cornell and Kelly resuming the series at a new publisher after a four year gap. Would they be able to retain the same spark while updating their tale of politics, trauma and aliens to an altered social landscape? Based on the first two issues, the answer is yes, they can. Cornell and Kelly have picked up their narrative without losing a beat, updating its context without neglecting any of the elements which made the original so compelling. Vertigo’s loss has been IDW’s, and reader’s, gain.”
Tyler’s Recommendation…Saucer State #1
“Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly finally bring back the criminally under appreciated Saucer Country. I really enjoyed the first series, so it is with great excitement that I recommend everyone pick this up.”
In recent years, DC’s Vertigo imprint has lost a bit of the sheen from its acclaimed run in the 1990s. Originally launched in 1993, the brand built on existing titles, such as Sandman and Hellblazer, to cultivate a line of titles which could, more or less, stand independent of DC’s superheroes in both form and content. This strategy was an immediate success. In the following years, Vertigo published the likes of The Invisibles, Preacher and Lucifer; their name quickly became synonymous with the cutting edge. However, as it often does, time can dull what was once trendsetting. Vertigo still produces some excellent comics, such as The Unwritten or The Sheriff of Babylon. Another example would be Saucer Country from the team of Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly. Saucer Country was a deep dive into the heady realm of UFO mythology. Writer Cornell deftly avoided many of the common traps of the genre, keeping the reader on their toes while maintaining their engagement through compelling characters and themes. The series returns to shelves this Wednesday, after a four year hiatus; first though, an examination of what made the first volume of the title so memorable.
Afterlife with Archie #9, “It’s finally back! As with Sabrina last week, the folks at Archie Comics are gracing us with another long delayed gem. I hope this signals that things are back on track and we can expect these books with some regularity, because they are some very good comicsContinue reading Indubitable Issues & Pull Lists (5/23/2016)→