UFOlogy #1

by Forrest.H on April 01, 2015

Writer: James Tynion IVNoah J Yuenkel
Artist: Matt Fox
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked up at the night sky and thought about aliens. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been afraid of them. I live in fear of being abducted and I’m not kidding, sometimes, at night, I have to calm myself down about it before I can go to sleep because otherwise I’ll dream of grey, black eyed creatures looking at me, seeing me more than I’ve ever seen myself and knowing, without a doubt that they are something more, something different from me.

Tynion, Fox and Yuenkel’s UFOlogy operates, at its core, based on those same ideas, thoughts and fears. It’s a surreal, dizzying book that would feel truly otherworldly if it could escape its sometimes mundane nature.

We’re introduced, long-windedly, to two, smart but troubled kids in a small town. One of them looks to the skies eagerly for aliens (they’re certainly coming, too) and one of them looks no farther than her hometown, her family and her own trepidation about college, life and womanhood. It isn’t that they’re unbelievable characters, or unlikable ones even. It’s just that, for the majority of this first issue, their intertwined fates and natures read more like John Green than they do alien-filled small town horror book. I understand that Tynion and Yuenkel want these characters to be believable, relatable and honest but no amount of time spent on fleshing them out with words and exposition will do that if they don’t actually DO something which doesn’t happen until the near end of the issue.

Simply put, the world and the characters have a real heart but that heart beats at an irregular, off pace beat in this issue.

The art, on the other hand, is something that is otherworldly and in the best ways possible. It’s full of color, vibrant, varied and interesting from school detention to alien ship streaking across the sky. For as mundane as this introduction is story wise, the art makes up for it in most regards and as the script is sure to ramp up, I can only be excited for where the art will go too.

There’s something here but right now, it’s less than interesting. If you’re committed to the creative team behind this book or you have a genuine interest in full, unrepentant character building this early on, I would suggest you pick it up. If you’re looking for a high octane X-Files, Ex Machinia type thing, you might want to wait and see how other issues turn out. 

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