A meatier alien invasion
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128 pages | £ 14.99 ( paperback)/£ 9.18 ( ebook) Publisher: Oni Press Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Sandy Jarrell
If a mysterious
meteor landed near us, we’d go and have a look, wouldn’t we? Even though, as SF fans, we know that this probably wouldn’t end well. But in Meteor Men, being first on the scene might be the only thing that saves you...
Teenager Alden Baylor is watching a meteorite shower with his friends and neighbours. A projectile lands on the farmland he inherited from his parents. It quickly becomes obvious there was something inside that’s now escaped – and many more of these strange objects have landed all over the world.
In many ways this follows the typical pattern of such things: the person who made contact with the aliens pleads for understanding, while the authorities treat it as a threat, in the process making the situation worse. The revelation of the aliens’ true nature, although it’s a smart idea, isn’t hard to guess. But Jeff Parker unfolds the story confidently, and Alden is a well- developed character. Sandy Jarrell’s artwork creates a cinematic feel, often using panels that stretch the width of the page, with inventive touches that illustrate how the alien thinks and communicates.
The book really comes into its own in the final act: it dodges easy answers, and instead constructs a more open ending. Is it a happy conclusion or a downer? Because of the character work earlier on, Alden’s actions at the climax carry real weight. Eddie Robson
The alien has landed.