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‘UFOlogy #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

There’s a lot up there in outer space that we don’t know about – A. Lot. It’s so vast our brains can’t comprehend it. These days, due to the internet, science is able to remind us of this every couple of hours. The mystery hasn’t disappeared, but it’s being talked about a lot more, which makes the mystery to some degree more common, more diluted (Yes, I know how small we are in the grand scale of things, thank you!), so it’s nice to see when creators choose to inject some genuine awe and wonder back into it again and succeed. It’s also nice to know that I’m not so cynical as to not allow myself to be taken away by a kid sitting on his rooftop with binoculars every night, staring into the star-speckled skies, because he knows whatever it was that visited once, may visit again. This is the same wonder that made all those sci-fi films of the '80s so awesome. You saw the universe through the eyes of someone who wanted to know more, but didn’t know how in over their heads they were about to get.

There’s already a lot going on in the first issue of UFOlogy from writers James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods) and Noah J. Yuenkel (The House in the Wall) and artist Matthew Fox (Long Walk to Valhalla). Two young teens, both outcasts in their own ways, serve as our entry point, our heroes who are about to find themselves way in over their heads. She has a sheriff for a dad and is smarter than the average bear, surrounded by a group of people that want nothing but what they consider the best for her, though her best may be different. He sits on his rooftop each night giving reports to a local radio station on what he sees happening in the night skies. His dad is the DJ on the radio station which is run out of their home. These two teens don’t get along, but we already know they’ll have to – as they’ll be thrown together.

This book spends much of its first issue letting us get to know its character, which is refreshing, because they are refreshing! And, it allows us to see the creators’ passion for the subject spill forth, which quite honestly was enough to hook me. The dialogue is smart, the art expressive, the colors magical, and the lettering whimsical. Every element of this book is strong, creating a time and a place that transported me into this small Midwestern town, a winter wonderland that’s always covered with a layer snow and threatening a perpetual dusky hour. Where even though you’re in the middle of town, it still feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere. From the very first words spoken, the rhythm of the DJ dad waxing poetic about the heavens that reach beyond our physical world, but not beyond our imaginations, I welcomed this book with open arms. Actually, even before that – the cover art grabbed me immediately!

And, of course, aliens, but that part I’ll leave to you to discover when you buy the issue.

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