UFOlogy 1

Finch never wanted to be special. She just wanted to be a normal high school
student in the small, Midwestern town of Mukawgee. Malcolm Chamber wanted
something more. A destiny. An answer from the stars. When Becky is marked by an
alien’s touch, she’ll stumble into a mystery she never wanted. A mystery that
almost ripped apart both their parents’ lives 12 years ago. She’ll need the
help of her eccentric young classmate, Malcolm, as she finds the power within
herself to uncover the truth.
James Tynion IV
Noah J. Yuenkel
Matt Fox
Boom! Studios
Sometimes a vision comes along that is so
singular, so striking, that you can’t help but be impressed. Just as people are
currently going wild to George Miller’s delirious, post apocalyptic opera Mad
Max: Fury Road, the creators of UFOlogy know what they want precisely and I was
caught up in their enthusiasm for it.
Set in the small Midwestern town of
Mukawgee, which is the perfect encapsulation of every 80’s American movie town,
the issue is all about character and light on plot itself, lending it a very TV
pilot feel. That’s not a slight on it either – everything is very tight packed,
with a confluence of different events coming together to form the cliffhanger
of the first issue.
The art is the star of the show for me,
everything coming together to make a comic that feels like a love letter to
Spielberg films of the 80’s, but not in a way that feels false. Fox has a very
down to earth style that means the more sci-fi elements stand out and really
pop (see the cover above for a great idea of how it looks throughout the entire
What’s nice is that we get a lot of time to
get to know the characters, which fills me with hope that the rest of the
series will do the same.
Overall, I can’t do anything but recommend
this comic. It’s emotionally intelligent, has fantastic stylised artwork and
has an enthralling central premise. Buy it now and support one of the strongest
openings to a series this year.
Cover image courtesy of Boom! Studios.
UFOlogy is available from Boom! Studios.

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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