The Complete Skizz

The ultimate illegal alien! Alan Moore’s out of print classic returns in a brand new complete collection!

When Interpreter Zhcchz of the Tau-Ceti Imperium crashed his ship into the small blue ‘Hellworld’-classed planet, the odds of surviving were stacked against him. Stranded in the polluted, hostile British city of Birmingham, ‘Skizz’ is befriended by Roxy, a plucky young local girl. But danger is ever present – from bad food to Prime Minister Thatcher’s hostile government alien-hunters, this E.T. may soon be R.I.P!

Classic 2000AD has such a distinctive look and feel, you can immediately pick their comics out of a lineup: the neo-pulp art; the giddy schoolboy nature of the stories; the indefinable “Britishness” inflected with a hairy furze of punk anarchy. Skizz embodies all of these characteristics, and more.

The Complete Skizz contains three story arcs, one in black and white and two in color; of the lot, the monochrome Skizz is the best. Alan Moore’s writing is top-notch here, the tight storytelling in no way obstructing the exuberance of the tale. The eponymous hero is funny and quite endearing without descending into cuteness, and the characters are strong and believable; there are even moments of quiet poignancy, one of the best features of any 2000AD series.

Unfortunately things get a little limp in the next two arcs. Mr. Moore’s attention seemed to be wandering, and he was more interested in the details of the Tau Ceti culture than in weaving a tight narrative: the characters become flat (especially Roxy) and the strings of the narrative wander all over the place, with more lazy deus ex machina-ing than a bad soap opera. I tend not to blame Alan Moore for this, since his obsessive attention to detail in his writing is legendary; perhaps the shift from monochrome to color reflected a change in editorial regime, one which valued quick turnaround above storytelling.

All in all, thought, The Complete Skizz is a great comic.

Final Verdict: 4 out of 5.

The Complete Skizz can be found at 2000AD

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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