INTRO TO ALIEN INVASION Bugs in the system
Alien invaders sure do love an isolated community, don’t they? In this case it’s Fenton College, a campus out in the Vermont woodland, and the invaders are tiny bugs which grow inside a human host. It’s spring break and many students have been stranded on campus by a hurricane, including Stacey Kepler, an astrobiology major with a keen interest in ETs.
In traditional style, the story proceeds from infection, through outbreak and then to the battle for survival. Along the way there’s some thoroughly entertaining gross- out body horror – this is where Nancy Ahn’s artwork comes into its own, her stylised lines mutating in unexpected ways.
However, it’s generally predictable – you know exactly who’ll survive and who won’t. Aside from Stacey, the characters are quite sketchily written, especially the fratboys and WASP girls who are all relentless assholes until they meet their fate, making it hard to care about them. Still, even they’re more rounded than the group of characters who suddenly become prominent in the final third, but aren’t properly named. Okay, but just too straightforward. Eddie Robson
They were gonna need a bigger fly swat.