The stranded, curious alien known as Dr. Harry tends to patients in the sleepy town of Patience, Washington. Questions about the town’s previous doctor arise when a strange briefcase is found. Does Harry’s favorite mystery writer live in Patience too?
Issue one kicks off with our Resident Alien, Harry settling into the somewhat humdrum existence of a country doctor, seeing patients and getting a feel for life in Patience. He appears to all as the kindly physician he masquerades as, taking the various people with a touch of humor. Then our plot take a slight turn when he realizes that his favorite mystery writer may actually live in Patience. Peter Hogan, the writer of the series, sets a wonderful pace for this story. The tempo of the story is probably the best thing about Resident Alien.
This comic moves at a leisurely pace, but one that keeps the reader turning pages. Ellery Queen or Agatha Christie would be proud of the tone Hogan sets, and keeps throughout his scripts. There are good comic writers, and there are great ones. It is easy to see which arena Peter Hogan falls into. Like any good mystery, the reader will find themselves looking for clues in every scene, and even flipping back for any vital information they may have missed.
Steve Parkhouse, is a great artist who captures expressions well. He helps set the tone for the script so well, it’s hard to remember at times, that this is a comic, rather than real life. Unlike many titles, he has a knack for making his characters seem realistic while still capturing the vibrant colors of a comic book. R.A. is a brilliant title that lovers of good storytelling will not want to miss. Stay tuned for the next issue.
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