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Saucer Country #6 Review

By Andy Frisk
August 15, 2012 - 20:42

Governor Arcadia Alvarado, before embarking on her campaign tour of the US for President, gathers her staff for a presentation on the strange and ever morphing world of UFOology. It's a history that is convoluted and at times contradictory. Regardless, there is a theme running through all of the varying and changing (with the pop cultural and scientific times) UFO stories. There is something about the alien "other" that is embedded in our psyches. Just what this "other" is though is highly interpretable...

Paul Cornell's metaphorically masterful series Saucer Country for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint pauses this month to indulge in a wonderful stand alone issue of the type that so many of the great Vertigo series do from time to time. In Saucer Country #6 a brilliant and incredibly well researched, and pop culturally relevant, tour of UFO history covering the course of mankind's fascination with it takes place. Soon though, Governor Alvarado will be out on the campaign trail, tracking down leads as to the alien invasion that she is convinced is happening...

Artist Jimmy Broxton (The Unwritten, Knight and Squire) makes an appearance as penciller, inker, and colorist here in issue #6. His style isn't too different from regular artist Ryan Kelly. Broxton's work does have a darker feel to it with its deep shadows and minimal color scheme. The most interesting piece of artwork connected with Saucer Country #6 is its cover though. It's a beautiful mix of pop culture infused and observed UFO phenomena. I want a full size poster of this one on my wall.

I can't say enough good things about Cornell's first Vertigo series. If at any time you've enjoyed any episode of The X-Files or taunt political thrillers like The Ides of March (2011), then Saucer Country is for you. Spread the word about, but more importantly read, this great series. Saucer Country is one of those potentially great Vertigo series that deserves as long a life as the UFO phenomena itself.

Rating: 9 /10

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